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Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Round-up Review: SXSC Day One, Rat Heart, Bass Amp & Dan-O

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Saturday, March 9th: Han Ma & the Camaros, Rat Heart, The Scurvies, and Bass Amp & Dan-O at CBGB Price: Free Avg Cocktail Price: Cheap, possibly arbitrary

Han Ma & the Camaros is a sweet, sort of Rockabilly female-fronted band. The lead singer played a vintage Rickenbacker that made my mouth water. Everyone in the band wailed, and they covered Wanda Jackson, so they win at life.

Rat Heart played second. A garage-rock outfit from the Lou and Belleville, this is one of my all-time favorite bands.

One of my best-loved songs by Rat Heart is called "End of the World," but I think the singer is needlessly worrying when he says he "doesn't wanna be alone at the end of the world." The Big Muddy Records tee he was wearing comes in bright orange, so that everyone from the Big Muddy family can find each other when the world ends, colonize out somewhere in the Ozarks, and probably be generally happier as a result. I was going to take a picture of Rat Heart and make it into a Tiger Beat-esque poster for this article, with flowers and hearts and a phrase like "Punks you can take home to mom!" But then I realized I wanted Brice Baricevic (lead singer of Rat Heart, guitarist for Bob Reuter and bassist for Jack Grelle) to be friends with me ever again, so I did it to a picture of Bass Amp & Dan-O instead.

Bassamp & Dano
  • Bassamp & Dano

I downloaded an app during the Scurvies' set exclusively for this purpose. We live in the future!

Speaking of the future, here's a 60-second interview with Brice, describing the band's new seven inch. It is important to note that Mark Willey did the camera-work here, which is why you can watch it without feeling queasy.

For the Scurvies I have noted: "Power chords! Cymbals! Vocals you can understand!" And: "Basically this show makes me grateful I'm here and also thankful the Terminator hasn't come in and punched anyone in the face." I suppose there were enough leather jackets at CBGB for me to make that reference.

Advice: Carry earplugs on your person. That way, you can protect your ears. And when you get tired of feeling like you're underwater, take your earplugs out and have your brain re-blasted by the wattage at hand.

Also, dammit, tonight I forgot my crackers.

Lastly, around 11:30, Bass Amp & Dan-O took the stage. (By stage, I mean the awkward window-backed sound-shaft that is CBGB's venue side.) The band performed the admirable task of drawing the beer/sound-addled crowd back into the bar from the other side and the front patio.

My generally placid inner feminist objects to the song entitled "She Was Asking For It," but I know they're nice boys in real life, so I'll try to overlook it. Other new songs were more sex-positive, and they ended on their mission statement, "That's American." BA&D have some exciting news about their next album: It's being produced by Joe Queer (of the Queers, if you care to Google it). The sound quality of this vid is, um, imperfect, but this is similar to having a conversation at CBGB anyways.

And that's all for now from the dispatches of Hergetdom. Next weekend I am playing a show, so stay tuned and see if I go on hiatus or press onward beyond my own paltry musical efforts.

See also: -Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good -The Ten Biggest Concert Buzzkills: An Illustrated Guide -The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever -The Ten Worst Music Tattoos Ever

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