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The Map Room
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Review by Jennifer
|TOM BOY LUSH
JESSIE LELAND -- guitar & vocals
JENNIFER MATTO -- guitar & vocals
CAROLE MOORE -- lead vocals
Just like any time we see Tom Boy Lush, the crowd
is full of smiling faces and giggling drinkers. It's a good
thing, because Tom Boy Lush is not just any modern-day all-girl
band. They are unique and fun, and they are certainly not
afraid to be silly one minute and sing like soft little songbirds
the next. Some may argue with political incorrectness, or what
have you, but most audience members find their lyrics refreshing.
Others that are already familiar with their songs even sing right
along, getting others (Tom Boy Lush newbies) into the bopping
around, fun little groove!
With the band members involved in other important
entertainment projects (acting, television, film, editing, and so
forth), it is actually about to be a rare treat to see them for
quite some time. If you get the opportunity, definitely get
out and see for yourself why they are so cool.
Another great band that night -- the Rosebuds.
Look for more about these two gals (guitar and vocals) and a guy
(drums) on the Charleston scene.
New Orleans, LA
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Review by Jennifer
RAGAN DOWNEY -- guitar & vocals
CLINT -- lead vocals
TWO OTHER GUYS -- and we would tell you their names, but their
website is gone! We think they have dismantled since that
show. Good luck, guys!
What a night -- especially considering that prior
to the show we all spent the early evening on Bourbon Street.
The band is based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, but plays all over
the Southeast area. We felt fortunate that they would be
playing in New Orleans while we were there. Unfortunately, the
night didn't go as well as we'd hoped. There were a few
problems getting started, . . . equipment issues, blaming others for
not wanting to share, being more than too drunk to perform, . . .
and then the lead singer of the band was like a train wreck.
We had high hopes but feel the band would do better with a different
lead singer. Once it got going, though, the band itself rocked
really hard and loud, which the crowd seemed to enjoy -- when they
weren't watching to make sure the lead singer didn't trip over power
cords as he wandered around singing off-key. All in all, the
music itself was excellent -- the vocals, . . . not so much.
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Review by Jeff
Matt - lead
vocals & guitar
John Partin - lead guitar & vocals
Chief - drums
Ian - bass guitar
New York City ... Friday night ... and we are headed to CBGB's
for some great live rock-n-roll. As guests of the band, both
Jennifer & I had our first experiences with being "on the list" -
and in NYC! On the guest list at CBGB's, . . . HELL YEAH!!
Pay the cover at the front (or not), then through a curtain into one
of the greatest underground rock venues in the world. Band
stickers from everywhere are plastered all over everything:
the bar, the stools, the walls, rails, speakers, stage, chairs,
urinals, . . . everywhere. They are especially great against
the black paint. The club was a bit smaller than expected, but
who cares? The acoustics were incredible.
A band from Boston, Mass. was finishing up when we got there.
RPG was next. The break between bands was a short twenty
minutes, and after a very brief sound check, the band let out with
some of the loudest yet still insanely crisp shit I have ever heard.
("Hard but not heavy," . . . in a good way. -- Jennifer) So
loud they seemed to be inside my head jammin' their asses off, with
deep bass lines, an awesome guitar duo, and a fuckin' madman on the
drums! These guys were the epitome of leaving it all out
there. Just unreal energy. The entire crowd was into it,
some throwing their hair around, others trying to hear every word
(impossible), most doing the head-bob, tap one foot thing.
("There was also that guy at the front who would jump a foot or so
off the ground, every now & then, in line with a strong beat every
so often." -- Jennifer) The set was only six or seven songs
long, so it definitely left me wanting more. CBGB's was a
fantastic venue that any & all should check out. Too bad they
are being forced to shut down at the end of this year (allegedly a
shitty landlord problem) . . . when they have been there for over
THIRTY YEARS! How can you shut them down? SAVE CBGB!
Wish we could have stayed for more bands, but there are limited
train times back to New Jersey, where we were staying.
Great band at a great venue always equals a great night.
A Dough Re Mi
Time: 9:00 p.m.
A Dough Re Mi
Review by Jennifer
Cody Bannevich - lead vocals &
Christopher Tompkins - backup vocals & guitar
Wayne Cunin - drums
Charleston-based band of three young men. I want to preface
this review by saying that this is not at all my type of music --
punk, metal, rock. However, despite not being a fan of the
genre, I still have some things I'd like to share.
Opening up, they had a little trouble with equipment, but Cody
immediately saved the moment with humor. True sign of a real
performer . . . being able to keep the crowd entertained no matter
what happens. Someone actually shouted, "Do Stairway to Free
Bird!" (No, I am not confusing things or making it up. haha)
A song called "Robert Sucks" -- or correct me if I am wrong, guys --
felt to me like Sublime had hit the punk scene for a few minutes.
I actually really did like it, but wish I could understand the words
more. I feel this is not the singer's fault, but rather
something with the sound setup itself. What do I know, though?
Cody, you were loud as shit, & a very funny guy!
I think it was the fourth song that really rocked out . . .
really heavy, not my thing, but seemingly very good . . . and then
there was that crazy ride on the bass train at the end for some odd
Quite a bit of feedback during their performance, but again don't
think it was the band's fault.
Drummer played his ass off & looked deep in concentration the
whole time! I gave up during the second song wherein there was
the shouting of, "What?!" Then, I was so excited about the
drumming (my dad's a drummer) that I forgot about that! THANK
YOU, double mallets on the pedal! After that song, someone
shouted, "It's all about the drums, Baby!"
The song after that one was fantastic! Loved all of it:
both guitars, the drums, the beat/style.
All in all, I think these guys are just young and still have a
lot of learning & growing to do. We all have to start
somewhere, gain the experience, and keep progressing in our fields.
Bryan Weber - vocals/guitar
Ian Sharkey - vocals/bass
Kyle Weber - guitar/noise
Terry Sharkey - drums/vocals
Rock/Alternative/Indie band from Philadelphia; TreeGhost
Recordings is their record label. They have been on the road
since January of this year! I want to thank you for bringing
your talent down to Charleston, fellas!
There was a much faster transition to this second band than I
expected. Bass player Ian was calm, silent & even pensive
(yes, pensive) prior to the show -- then the pitcher came & things
started to relax a bit -- and at showtime he lit the fuck up!
These guys have TONS of energy! I really did LOVE the way
they were very into the music . . . but again, I really wish I could
totally understand all the words. Convinced now that something
is just off with the sound tonight, and beyond the control of the
bands. Something just seems, perhaps, louder than it should be
. . . in comparison or conjunction with something else. See, I
don't know much.
This is more my style than the first band. 11:40 p.m. and I
don't think I can hear anymore. I don't mean that it sucks . .
. I mean that I literally can almost not hear anymore. It is
loud as shit here! I hear a little Robert Plant in Bryan
Weber's voice sometimes. Jeff thinks he would do a great job
with a Led Zeppelin cover, for sure . . . lots of screaming, though.
11:46 p.m. Taylor from Maestro hooked the guys up with some
beer while they played -- what a dude!
Jeff thought one song was similar to "The Doors" sound.
Then, they totally jammed out & got me dancing in my seat! haha
I should note there was no feedback evident during their
Ian had a nice voice - good pitch - but honestly SEEMED more
comfortable during the times when accompanied by Bryan -- although
he should wail out loud on his own, too . . . like he does with the
Seriously, I am not gonna be able to hear shit tomorrow! If
loud is for you, this was the night for it here at A Dough Re Mi!
Some song with a tribal beat was REALLY, REALLY cool!
The, um, end was a lot like at a fireworks show, . . . a whole
mess of stuff, which included throwing a drumstick through the head
of a drum. My dad, a drummer, surprisingly told me that is
actually hard to do. So, yay, Terry!
By the way, Bryan, thanks again for coming over to
introduce yourself after the show! We really appreciate the
stickers, too, and put at least one Zelazowa sticker on each side of
the Minnie Winnie!
Chris Patterson - guitars & vocals
Taylor Nelson - basses
Jordan Herschaft - drums & beats
This is the Charleston-based rock band that actually invited us
to the show. I really did dig the green drum set, too!
Taylor, I am AFRAID of the mask! hahaha
They started! Hell, yeah! Love it! Insane mix
of sounds in the intro., stepping into a phenomenal sound that made
me happy I waited so long to hear them! Play those drums,
Bitch! JUST KIDDING, JORDAN! Taylor's bass was right on!
Not overwhelming to anything else, & still the heavy, kick-ass bass
sound I adore!
Chris, thank you for that amazing shit you did on the guitar . .
. still, before any of you even sang a word.
Oh, wow, I can hear & understand the words the majority of the
time! This is a good thing.
12:46 a.m. - Kicking ass! Still only approx. thirty in the
crowd . . . a shame so many others are missing this band.
Chris, you can really work a guitar, . . . but also, Jordan is a
drum KING, and Taylor digs deep with that bass!
Absolutely no-doubt the best song-to-song transitions of the
night. Not a huge amount of vocals, which is good because the
music easily stands alone in talent . . . but, it is also clear that
the band is capable of carrying a tune . . . far.
I'm pretty sure Chris just told us they were going to sing a song
called "1,000 pound ham (or hound, . . . whatever)," which he said, "we just made it up, just
now!" How can you not completely crack up at this? Good
Seems to be a little Pink Floyd influence here & there.
Highly welcome in my book! Floyd-influenced sound is hot!
"Defibrillator" ??? -- Great speed with the lyrics, Chris!
I think the drummer busted a stick . . . either way, Zelazowa
stepped in & drummer Terry quickly ran up to hand off a replacement
stick to Jordan. Positive energy is contagious! Thanks!
(By the way, Terry, I could tell you REALLY were enjoying Maestro's
show! That's really nice!)
Eighteen people were there to finish up the night! Great
job, guys! Thanks, again, for inviting us to see the show!
Chris, it was very nice to meet you after the show, as we were
Show was scheduled to
start at 9:00. I do realize this is never what happens in
music. However, at 10:04, I began to wonder . . . when?
There was no show, but I did see two members of Maestro roaming
around the bar area. Zelazowa had been there at least as long
as we had, I do believe, which was since about 8:30ish. The
first band, Battleground Road, finally started around 10:30.
We're still completely unsure what held up the start of the show.
11:20 was when Zelazowa got started, and I forgot
to mention that they had a great intro. with some good lighting
effects that added to it, without a doubt.
12:20 a.m. was when Maestro was finally able to
set up. We are still glad we stayed for that, despite our
inclination to leave around 10:25.
Thanks to all of you guys for a really great night
of music! We look forward to seeing you again in the future,
somewhere! Sweet dreams, all!
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