Monday, April 30, 2007
Deadwood Derby Finals
- Friday, May 4, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
- Granada, 1020 Mass., Lawrence
- All ages / $5
After four awesome rounds of debauchery, bloodshed and barbarous wedgies, the Deadwood Derby's 16 competitors have been whittled down to five. A good-old-fashioned butt slap is in order for the survivors: Sterilize Stereo, Kaw Valley Project, Left on Northwood, Dead Girls Ruin Everything and The Old Black. No two of these bands are alike, portending a capital capstone for our local music cockfight. We spent a few minutes with each act to talk Derby and listen to some music. Here's hoping you'll take a few moments to get acquainted with our fab-five fight card and venture on over to the Granada for the May 4 finals.
The Dog and Pony Show
Rock-and-roll fight card
After four awesome rounds of debauchery, bloodshed and barbarous wedgies, the Deadwood Derby's 16 competitors have been whittled down to five. A good-old-fashioned butt slap is in order for the survivors: Sterilize Stereo, Kaw Valley Project, Left on Northwood, Dead Girls Ruin Everything and The Old Black. No two of ...
Fight Card: "Vaudville-inspired, somewhat theatrical, folky, gypsy, circus rock."
Round One Highlight: "We actually had a couple 18-year-old kids run out the door with our keyboard and mandolin at the very end of the night. Ten Hour Drive was kind enough to watch where they ran and point the police in the right direction."
RIYL: Tom Waits, Truckstop Honeymoon, Captain Beefheart
Kaw Valley Project
Fight Card: "We're influenced by a lot of things like Neutral Milk Hotel and Wilco and Sparklehorse - things that sort of have that lo-fi acoustic edge."
Round One Highlight: "The crowd there was pretty surprising, especially since it was a Tuesday night and we played last : I'd say that's one of the largest crowds we've ever seen."
RIYL: See above
Left on Northwood
Fight Card: "Driving rhythms and hooky choruses : metal, punk rock, Warped Tour kind of thing."
Round One Highlight: "We take pride in our fans : We love 'em and we like to include them as much as we can."
RIYL: Thrice, Story of the Year, Taking Back Sunday
Dead Girls Ruin Everything
Fight Card: "We just like to rock, man : We're all about kick-ass guitar licks and vocal harmonies."
Round One Highlight: "Lonnie Fisher was a great guy and performed very well : All the bands seemed to be really energetic and well-rehearsed."
RIYL: Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Ultimate Fakebook
The Old Black
Fight Card: "We're just trying to keep it traditional : Not a lot of BS."
Round One Highlight: "We had a guy circle bang in the front row."
RIYL: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Misfits, Judas Priest
thare 16 years ago
We are, however, all castrated. Sad but true.
pahoehoeflow 16 years ago
Melin, you are NOT old! You're classic.
charleebongswill 16 years ago
Wow. I'd HATE to be one of the judges. Who could POSSIBLY win this? A third-rate singer-songwriter hiding behind a gypsy schtick as authentic as tract-housing? Perhaps the eunuchs with the "lo-fi acoustic edge?" Maybe some inbreed-mall-metal for your inner-boogan? And there's always those good ol' over-the-hill-power-pop-has-beens.... THANK GOD FOR THE OLD BLACK!
brainfreeze 16 years ago
not to add fuel to your fire charlie, but if you're going to generalize all the other bands (ALL of whom are great lawrence acts), you really forgot to mention that other band thats a whole lot like washed up 90s grunge relying on lawrence scene connections
food for thought
at any rate, good luck to ALL of the bands, i can't wait to see the performances friday!
charleebongswill 16 years ago
haha. washed-up-nineties-rock shamelessly aping Sabbath guitarmonies played with a cocky, off-putting bravado. (I don't know if I believe in "grunge")
Eric Melin 16 years ago
Well, at least he called us "good."
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