Friday is for Rawk! The Things We Find…

A recent purge of overstuffed desk drawers yielded these rawk and rollll memories. Maybe this year will be the year I scan all of my old negatives and bring them back to the light of day and start a spreadsheet of the shows I’ve been to so I could tell you where they came from. La Tortuga came from mission experience in Oxacca … my how things have changed.


Friday is for Rawk! Are Gallows the Future?

Gallows Rage, originally uploaded by wrachele.

England’s Gallows are either the future of punk rawk or the next casualty of a short fuse and an oversaturated sense of alienation. When this explodes one way or the other, thousands will say they were at this show but the reality was siginificantly lower. This is last truly scary band I’ve seen since … well, its been a long time.

Friday is for Rawk! Hillbilly Fury


Colin Buis of Revolution Mother does his best Jaco Pastorius impersonation. He and drummer Brendan Murphy were rock solid anchors to the intensity that is Mike Vallely and Jason Hampton’s fuzz-soaked guitar. Revolution Mother is no vanity project like Juliette and the Licks, Vallely has a mde a career of standing out on the fringes of all that he’s done and this new band is nothing different. Come to think of it, how far out do you have to stand in order to be on the fringes of the skater set? Approach with caution…

Friday is for Rawk (on Saturday) Glory Bound

Pro skater Mike Vallely fronts a new band, Revolution Mother. Vallely is very much in the Henry Rollins mold; intense on stage and extraordinarily personable in person. Behind him are guitarist Jason Hampton (the Electric Hillbilly) and drummer Brendan Murphy (no nickname). Best question of the set: “Are there any outlaws left out there??!!” to the trucker hatted teens that surrounded the stage.