Before the terms Goth Rock, Death Rock or Horror Punk were popular, 45 Grave were spreading their eerie horror-movie-punk sounds around the scene. Based in Southern California, their heyday was 1979-1985 and I remember seeing them countless times, always thinking they were going to “make it big” due to their theatrical, larger-than-life stage show. This was not common in the stripped-down, DIY punk scene. While I had more of an affinity with the sociopolitical side of punk, teenage Bill couldn’t resist Dinah Cancer covered in blood with smeared makeup, fishnet stockings and black leather. What teenage boy could? Other bands had a similarly dark, theatrical approach to punk rock (Bauhaus, Siousxie And The Banshees, etc.), but 45 Grave took it to the next level (6 feet under). I never imagined that this strange sub-genre of punk rock would have the impact it has, flourishing and thriving for almost three decades. Read the rest of this entry »
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Friday, September 23 Hillstomp, I Can Lick Any SOB, Lonesome Shack High Dive presents a killer bill of the best punk-influenced Americana in the Northwest. Hillstomp’s music draws heavily from north Mississippi trance blues, a bit from Appalachia and burns with the energy of punkabilly. Portland’s I Can Lick Any SOB’s heady mix of Americana and punk is reminiscent of Robbie Robertson and the Band and Neil Young and Crazy Horse partying with Black Flag. And local heroes Lonesome Shack’s music shows the influence of post war hill country blues and rural electric blues and gospel but maintains a voice all it’s own.
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