Thursday, May 9, 2013


Schwervon !

The Blackout Disciples

Get Action


Wednesday May 15th
Blackbird Buvette
509 Central NW

Albuquerque , New Mexico
no cover

It’s that time of year: the Blackbird is serving up an inaugural springtime rock and roll bash. On the back porch, “stage” is a euphemism ‘cause it’s barely bigger than a king-size bed. It’s pretty cramped back there but with great loud music bouncing off the high brick walls it’s as close as you can get to a DIY basement show and still have drinks served to you.

This show is a hell of a who’s who of the best of the ‘Burque’s garage rockers who are still standing ( i.e. no overdoses or wheelchairs). Local drum legend Joe Bolt is debuting The Blackout Disciples, dark and dirty rock n’ roll minus any silly evil posturing. Joining him are a couple’ other Dirty Novels alums -- Dandee Fleming and Brian Keith -- and  Demarcus  Sumter (St. Petersburg)  Billy Miles Brooke (Pan!c, Tragic Romance) and Ben Woods (Lousy Robot, Porter Draw). The punk n’ roll outfit Get Action (formerly Riley Switch) features Bad Boy Bill Bunting (Ten Seconds to Liftoff), Scott Brown (Song Thing) and Ashley Floyd and Jeff Jones (both ex -Gracchi). Newcomers Hoverbourd tag themselves as surf -indie –dance- rock. Works for me, especially with a horn thrown into the mix.

                                                                                                                            photo by by Trevor Highres

Despite all the local talent I’m most excited about Schwervon! from Shawnee, Kansas by way of New York City (it’s complicated). Now in their thirteenth year, guitarist Major Matt Mason and drummer Nan Turner’s music ranges from sweet jangle pop to an ear shattering racket,  what they call “an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism.” Despite a tongue often firmly planted in cheek, the pair’s feet are always firmly planted on the ground, musically speaking. Make sure you keep a few bucks stashed in your wallet to pick up Schwervon! merch including the brilliant new CD/LP Courage and 2009’s sweet and lilting Low Blow.

this appeared originally on The Weekly Alibi in a slighty different form

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