April Fist!

I conceived of the idea for April Fist! sometime during the late winter of 2014. The original idea sprang from a Facebook thread, of all things, about ridiculous band names. After reading and adding to the band names thread, I had an idea to actually realize some. Why not just make up band names? Why not actually create some music to go along with them?

One of the band names I came up with that I especially liked was Top Secret Missile Crisis. I figured the band would be “republican punk rock” band who did over-the-top patriotic songs and would engage in general assholery–maybe even cover the Team America theme song (America, Fuck Yeah!). Of course, this was simply me creating back story for something because the writer in me naturally does that.

A couple of weeks and more than a few beers later, I had a conversation with Tobias and Marci about realizing a concept of creating bands for a one time only event where they would perform. They both thought it was a great idea, and we began working on the logistics of it. Although I wish I could take credit for it, Marci came up with the name, April Fist! when I spoke about the theme of the show should have something to do with April Fools’ Day.

What we decideFlyer for the first annual April Fist!d would ultimately take a year worth of planning. Five team captains would be chosen to share the stage, and those team captains would be charged with creating legitimate bands to play a one-time show. We ended up having musicians from Ancient Warlocks, Gazebo of Destruction, Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, and Power Skeleton for the first April Fist!

We began contacting people who might be interested in creating bands for the event. It was about this point in the process where I realized that I wouldn’t have time to be able to actually realize the band I thought it would be funny to create songs for and play at the show. The lack of time forced me to curate the event, but I don’t regret that at all. I now have access to everything whereas the performers are compartmentalized–only revealing their true musical intentions when the event occurs and we celebrate our love for music with our friends.

Everything was proceeding swimmingly until the Josephine was forced to close, and the First Annual April Fist! lost the venue. After much scrambling, emailing, threatening, wheedling, whining, begging, and (a contemplation of) bribery, I was able to find a new home for the event. April Fist! will be realized (thanks to Brian Foss), and the first annual occurrence will be held at the Highline on April 4, 2015.

Happy Fisting!


Come out and celebrate music with us. Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/911772248853016

West Seattle Rock Party 2014

West Seattle Rock Party flyer

Summers in Seattle are great for festivals—both art and music. I’ve already been to a few of both this year, but there has been one that made me feel like the corporate takeover of local music simply cannot destroy it all.

The West Seattle Rock Party went down July 25 & 26 at the Skylark Lounge on Delridge, and was billed as $100 cheaper and 100x more rocking than that “other party” going on the same weekend.

I was lucky enough to be invited to play the show with Skunk Rider—lucky in the fact that there were so many great rock bands that played over the course of 2 days.

Day 1 featured Skunk Rider leading off the whole thing the right way with some good stoner rock, and then Crawler straight up killed it on stage. They always rock, but the sound at the club was really dialed in that night. The guitar solos were bright and ripped while the rhythm section crushed the audience with thundering blows. Metametric kept the energy level high before Greenriver Thrillers torched the place with monstrous volume that simply refused to be ignored, and Suction ended the night in great style. There were people who came from Portland and even St. Louis to see them.

Day 2 was no less thrilling with Fluffer, Poverty Bay, Mind Vice, and Lark vs Owl. All great rock action that set the stage as it were for Stereo Creeps. Those dudes know how to party. If you haven’t seen them before, make sure to go to their next show because you won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t.

All in all, it was an amazing show and a great time. Hopefully this is the start of a tradition.

More pictures and videos are available on the event pages.
WSRP Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/events/659322524116594/
WSRP Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/events/385753851562816/