Eager to arrive in time for an early soundcheck, we left Brooklyn early and found ourselves with a couple of hours to bum around in Boston.
Yeah? I gotcha Cambridge RIGHT HEAH! HOW YA LIKE THEM APPLES?!? &c
Sam and Jamie had work to do and I had a blog post to write, so Melissa split off to visit the Hahvahd Bookstoah and go sightseeing
Meanwhile, Angela went to check out the Curious George store in Harvard Square, which she described as being “less than 10% Curious-George-related.” Not very impressive for the most expensive and therefore best university in the world, I must say.
May 19, 2015: The Middle East (
Boston Cambridge, MA) with Necklacing, Empty Vessels, Rat Trap, Hirudinea and Water Torture
The reason soundcheck was so early is that this show was jam-packed with hardcore bands from Boston and other parts of the Northeast. We were a last-minute addition to this bill courtesy of Erik Wormwood, who worked with Sean Coale of Stay Mad productions to get us on. Many thanks to both of these cats for helping us out!
Playing first has the benefit of a leisurely setup and soundcheck.
THUNK. THUNK. THUNK. Sounds good man. Yeah.
Unfortunately we took maybe a hair too much time and we were a little rushed at dinner.
Damn if those mussels weren’t tasty though. We took the rest of our food to go and hit the stage right around 7:30. We played the same set as in Brooklyn, to an audience that was honestly a lot larger than I expected for that time of the evening.
Up next was Necklacing.
I noticed after a moment that, although I could hear someone yelling through the PA, there was no singer onstage. This is because their vocalist spent the set stomping around on the floor in front. Here’s what it looked like!
You’ll just have to take my word for it that she was the best part of their violent and fun set. They were selling tapes at the show, which I believe were the same record you can find here.
We were very excited to catch Empty Vessels, who did us a solid by filling in our open date on Thursday the 21st with a show in Binghamton. They did Rat Trap one better by putting both band members AND all of their gear on the floor.
Guitarist Allison Voss’s tone was absolutely 100% SICK AS FUCK. She was probably the best-sounding guitarist I’ve heard on this tour. And once again a mic-rocking drummer made me look like an asshole.
Empty Vessels is on tour all through June and July. They’ll be at the Shop in Houston on June 17 and at Trailer Space Records on June 18th. Make sure you catch them.
Rat Trap had set up at the same time as Empty Vessels, which meant they were shortly able to take the stage. (I rapped with their drummer Nik for a while about gear beforehand. Real nice kid.)
Their classic Boston hardcore induced a full-scale mosh pit! If you have, like, some change on the floor of your den that needs picking up or something, their Holy Law EP would make a good soundtrack. Pick THAT up whydontcha!
I particularly enjoyed watching their bassist, who was rocking an Explorer bass Cliff Burton style with his fingers, and looking FAB-U-LOUS while doing it.
It doesn’t seem like Hirudinea have anything for sale online, but you can hear their stuff on Soundcloud. Go do it!
Last but not least: Buffalo’s Water Torture, delivering the goods with a set of punishing noise-grind, for which they needed 0 guitars.
I have to single out drummer Chris Peixoto- his blastbeats are ON POINT. Possibly the best drummer I’ve seen this tour.
Water Torture play TONIGHT (May 20) at the Titan House (504 Titan St.) in Philadelpha. GO. DO.
Thanks to all the bands, Sean, Jimmy and everyone at the Middle East, and Erik for having us on this show.
We too refuge with my aunt in the seaside hamlet of Hull, which Angela found via Internet is one of the geographically smallest but most densely populated towns in Massachusetts.
We awoke this morning to sunshine and birds singing.
We took a walk on the beach and thought with one mind:
“Lobster rolls for breakfast.”
TONIGHT: New Brunswick, NJ at the Court Tavern with Huldra and Living Mercury!