The Drowns take on the Boston suburbs, with Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and River City Rebels

Found along the financial institutions of the Mystic River, perhaps a 50 percent-dozen miles north of the ever-significantly gentrified coronary heart of Boston, Massachusetts, lies the ordinarily functioning-course town of Medford. Once the residence of Amelia Earhart and Elizabeth “The Black Dahlia” Small and the male who wrote “Jingle Bells,” it is now the property to a single of yours truly’s favorite new venues…Deep Cuts! Once the web page of 1 of the region’s 729,038 Italian dining establishments, it’s now an at any time-evolving sandwich store/brewery/document store/pinball arcade/240-cap audio location, the likes of which the area so desperately essential right after the shuttering of so several likewise sized venues in the massive city. It was the fantastic form of location for a superior-octane three-band-invoice as The Drowns introduced their rock-and-roll roadshow by means of the place final Wednesday evening, with regional aid from Worcester’s Michael Kane and the Early morning Afters and newly-reformed River City Rebels, who I suppose hail from parts all-around at this stage presented the amount of transferring elements who have spent time in RCR above the final couple of a long time.

I’ve been a lover of the tough-performing, blue-collar Drowns since one of individuals very first flexis confirmed up in a care offer from the inimitable Pirates Push possibly 4/5 several years ago. I consider it was “The Sound” probably, and it was printed on an aged shot of Kingdome-era Seattle and it was just another case in point of just one of the endlessly imaginative factors that label spits out. In any case, this by some means marked the initially time I’d noticed them in this neck of the woods, and enable me tell you…I preferred them prior to, but I love them now. The Drowns are solid on record, but Rev and the gang (stalwarts Andy Wylie on bass and Jake Margolis – who I had past viewed with the Shell Company effortlessly a ten years back – now joined by Josh Dale on 2nd guitar) are at their finest on a reside stage. They are consummate highway dogs, and they are dyed-in-the-Fred-Perry unapologetic anti-fascist, anti-racist punk rock lifers. On this evening, they blazed through a established that peppered a healthier dose of tracks from their latest record, Blacked Out, with a bunch of the classics. Individual favorites involved “Ketamine & Cola,” “Just The Way She Goes,” and the new album’s title track. Also thrown in for fantastic measure were a rousing include of The Sweet’s “The Ballroom Blitz” – which is a track I’m outdated plenty of to recall, and a pit-inducing cover of Cock Sparrer’s “Riot Squad” that introduced festivities to a rousing conclusion.

Michael Kane & The Morning Afters opened about a week’s truly worth of The Drowns’ northeast dates, which includes this a single (normally). They may possibly not enjoy 200 dates a 12 months like The Drowns do, but in numerous techniques, the two bands are really a lot kindred rock-and-roll spirits. Showing as a keyboardless 4-piece on this run, Kane and his longtime wingmen Franklin Siplas (guitar), Timmy Weagle (bass) and Jeff Hoey (drums) have carved out a pretty reliable Petty-meets-Replacements market for by themselves, which means they are right at household on a broad wide range of costs. The setlist on this certain night was rather raw and rocking, like “Carol Kaye” and “Cooking The Books” and personalized preferred “Dark Evenings,” all from their previous entire length, Broke But Not Damaged. Oh, and of system there was a go over of Petty’s “American Girl” that was rather real to the authentic, killer guitar solo integrated. I just wish Franklin experienced busted out the Yamaha Revstar!

The opening slot on this night was occupied by none other than the River City Rebels. Initially from Vermont (I assume), the band have taken on a few different iterations with a lot more than a handful of different users in involving hiatuses more than the decades Dying Scene’s individual Dan McCool even did a stint back around the convert of the century. There was a kind of ska-punk period and there was a more rockabilly period in there. The recent period of River Town Rebels is made up of Dan O’ Day at the helm with Marc Coutu and Izze De Simone on guitar, Kody Samborn on bass and Adam Allard on drums, and they’ve locked in on a extra late-70s, Reduced East Facet, New York Dolls form of vibe, only if New York Dolls also grew up on 80s Boston road punk.

All in all, it was the sort of raw and entertaining and functioning course rock and roll social gathering that I have generally lamented does not actually exist in this ability and in this spot anymore. And maybe it even now doesn’t down the street in the “big town.” But it undoubtedly does in spots like Deep Cuts in Medford. Reward details for me not even having to get the freeway. Attempting a little something a minor various with the slideshows underneath, so continue to keep scrolling and test out some more pictures of the evening’s festivities!