Billy Bones, Symbol Six, The Paper Hearts, Government Trap, Trashbeat
Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo
North Hollywood, CA
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Sunday night, what? No way. But it’s fifteen minutes away from the fuckin’ house. Shit, I have to go.
This weekend I was supposed to be flying to and from Longview Texas to the first annual Rowdy Fest. Last minute, like a day or so before the event some ass-hat broke into the facility and stole the sound system. So the promoter was left to rent a system and begin the fest at about $1,000.00 in the hole. So my above to and from ticket was cancelled. I was left with a suitcase stuffed with books, about twenty copies of Last One To Die and about twenty copies of the chapbook I did with David Gurz called Under A Broken Street Lamp. I was left with a hefty investment and nothing to do with the stuff. Now, I understand my investment wasn’t the same as the promoter of the Rowdy Fest of course, but an investment just the same.
When I heard about this show I automatically declined, thinking I’d be in Waylon Jennings’ home state. As things turned out I ended up on the phone with Eric Leach of Symbol Six and he’s saying bring the books to sell. Overall all I sold a handful of books to friends and fans.
Now besides seeing Billy Bones at his record release party and the always entertaining Symbol Six, I really wanted to see Paper Hearts. Years ago, roughly three (I think) I went to a show at the Redwood with The Mau Maus, Billy Bones and Symbol Six and some guy was walking around passing out demo CD’s of The Paper Hearts. I listened to it couple of times and it was pretty good. So, I was looking forward to seeing them live, that is if it’s the same band.
After an hour or so of being pulled this way and that way, I get inside hoping to see the above mentioned Paper Hearts, but the bill was switched around and I walked in to see Government Trap, which weren’t bad. They had a kind of funky groove to them. But they ran their set about 15 to 20 minutes too long.
Next up was Symbol Six. I have to say this is the best I have seen them. They opened up with Ego from their classic 1981 Posh Boy EP. They morphed in and out of new and old tracks perfectly. They crowd seemed to really eat them up. A lot of new songs. Definitely enjoyed the set. Only draw-back was the Government Trap set took up so much time that the sound got cut on Symbol Six two songs too early.
The final set of the night was Billy Bones. For those of you that don’t know, Mr. Bones was the original singer for the Skulls way back in the early days of Los Angeles punk rock. He joined the band around 1977 or so.
He has been doing his solo band since 2006ish. And with the recent addition of Michael Livingston (from The Mau Maus) Bones has a powerhouse of a band behind him.
As the show was winding down I sold a few more books and fled the scene.
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