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Gig review: Club Retro + The Bel-Tower
Club Retro, 3/11/2011
In a case of we should-have-seen-that-coming, we got booted from the bill. Not sure exactly what happened, but we got a message from the venue at 6:30 p.m. (show starts at 7 p.m.). The show had been overbooked. We'd have to rebook later. Now, what do you think are the chances of that happening? On the bright side, at least they called.
The Bel-Tower, 3/12/2011
You're hanging out on a couch in the what might be (but is totally not) the green room at the Bel-Tower watching kids pour out of the stairway that leads down to where the bands play. They keep coming. It's like a clown car full of shirtless and sweaty (and obviously exhausted) punks.
You try swinging your arms and legs in a circle pit for 20 minutes.
This is some seriously real punk-rock shit and as a reported "punk-rock" band, we hadn't seen it in a long time. We set our gear up and get to it.
It wasn't our tighest show ever and several songs went straight off the tracks. A lot of the crowd had gone outside for a drink or smoke (or just some air) and didn't return. The ones who stayed made up for it. Several jumped right in, dancing around with their elbows and knees up. I caught some shoves, a fist or two coming at me. All part of the fun. A couple dudes yelled out requests, some sang along. It was a nice change of pace from the bar gigs, and we appreciated it.
Word has it we're playing the Bel-Tower again on March 25 with Switchblade 327 and others.