November 28, 2007


by Chris Randall

Back from the Big Show. Point of order: you know you're getting old when you're in not-insubstantial pain the next morning and all you did was stand in the sound booth and watch bands play. It's a wonder I didn't break my fucking hip or something.

I got a new favorite band out of the deal, though. Fucking Skeleton Key is teh awesome. I'm listening to the records I picked up at the merch booth last night, and they aren't quite as direct (or, uh, unrestrained?) as the live show, but they're very much a Lower East Side art-o-thon in the vein of Cop Shoot Cop or Carbon or that sort of thing, music that is near and dear to my heart. I'm given to understand the lead singer lives in Tribeca, though, which kind of takes the wind out of my sails in that regard. But then again, I live in Mill City, Oregon (pop. 1054) so what the fuck do I know? Paul Barker was, like, "really?" while looking at my as if I suddenly grew a third arm right in the middle of my forehead.

In any case, they were good, and before doors it looked like a who's-who of 90s Industrial in the club. A little bit creepy. I think the last time that many of us were in one place was in front of the roach coach when Tool was second stage at Lollapalooza, playing Tinley Park. I wouldn't want to make a habit of that.




Nov.28.2007 @ 1:40 PM
I'm going to the show in SF tonight, presuming that my head doesn't explode from congestion. I was expecting good things from Chemlab and USSA, so to hear that Skeleton Key has picked up a line from C$C? Fuck yeah!

Nov.28.2007 @ 1:57 PM
I too have been bitten by the skeleton key "much better live than on the record bug". Especially when Rick lee was still n the band.

But hey it did win them a grammy (for cd packaging).


Nov.28.2007 @ 11:36 PM
I don't even remember them live. However, I just downloaded the four tracks on their site.

It really felt like early 90s radio drivel like Gin Blossoms, Everclear, et cetera. Not too bad, but just no real identity.


Nov.29.2007 @ 1:52 AM
The Wolfman
I was actually just discussing Skeleton Key with my roommate the other day, telling him he should give it a listen. I've also had the honour to perform with one of the guys from The Rise, who gained a modicum of notoriety at about the same time. I always connect the two because I downloaded them both during that precious tiny span of time when AudioGalaxy was a really great resource for finding and downloading new music, and not just a shill for Rhapsody. If you liked Refused and their ilk, and haven't chanced upon The Rise, I'd give it a whirl. He's doing music in Austin under the name Ocelot, which I also quite enjoy.

Dec.01.2007 @ 9:34 AM
Man, I love the SK - I used to see them occasionally when I lived in NYC and tried to get everyone I knew to listen to "Fantastic Spikes..." - I had no idea they were still plugging away. Are they a 3 or 4 piece these days? They used to have a guy in the band who played found percussion - hubcaps and rad wagons and such. Not nearly as ridiculous as it sounds. I saw them put Man or Astroman to shame at a NME show at Irving Plaza. Gin Blossoms? Not even remotely - or at least last time I saw them. Really, "Fantastic Spikes Through Ballons" - pick it up. One of those weird albums that slipped through the major label cracks. It's just a tremendous record that you can probably find for pennies at your local used cd hut.

Dec.02.2007 @ 10:56 PM
Heard the Lounge Lizards record 'Big Heart: Live in Tokyo' (1986, Antilles)?

One of my faves 20 years ago. Well, Erik Sanko was the (fretless) bassist in that incarnation of the legendary band. Too bad John Lurie is pretty much down for the count. link []">link []

Chris, I think Erik is even older than us, so imagine how _he_ felt the next day. Yeah, I know, you don't need to imagine - you've been there and done that.




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