Filed under: 21+, News, NHM, Reunion, Shows | Tags: Cherry St. Station, Die Hipster, Grammerhorn Wren, New Haven Music, NHM, The Defcon Five, The Gr8 Space Coaster, The Lost Riots
So we here at NHM were super-excited last month to hear that one Gr8 Space Coaster, quite possibly one of the best local bands we’ve ever set our eyes and ears upon, had been resurrected. Furthermore, and to our shock and amazement, shows had been scheduled, including their stop tomorrow night at Wallingford’s Cherry St. Station. This will mark only their second show in 12 years (their first show back happened at Elm Bar on March 29th – by all accounts a blowout). We had to go all the way back to 2001 to find the last reference to a GR8 Space Coaster show (at the Tune Inn, nonetheless). If our memory serves us right, those in attendance at tomorrow night’s show are in for a real treat. As stated on the show’s Facebook event page “there is no way to explain them. it is more of an experience.” Indeed, these guys need to be experienced for yourselves. Joining the Space Coaster are fellow New Haveners The Defcon Five (who are themselves in the midst of a now year plus resurrection), The Lost Riots (who have been EVERYWHERE as of late) and Northampton’s Grammerhorn Wren (garage rock from up top). Rock N’ Roll will ensue!
Die Hipster presents
The Defcon Five (New Haven garage rock)
The Gr8 Space Coaster (New Haven legends return)
Grammerhorn Wren (Northampton garage rock)
The Lost Riots (Old school punk from New Haven)
Saturday, April 20th
@ Cherry St. Station
491 N. Cherry St. Ext., Wallingford
21+ / 9pm / $5 cover
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/144314989074637/
Filed under: Interviews | Tags: Die Hipster, Elm Bar, Jeffrey Thunders, M13, New Haven Music, NHM, Sadplant, The Deacons, The Pist, Yes Please
(Originally posted on the Die Hipster Blog on April 25, 2011)
Interview by Jeffrey Thunders.
I recently sat down with Al Pist from The Deacons and asked him some questions. Here is part of that interview.
JT – Describe the Deacons.
Al Pist – I think that The Deacons is the most unique band that I’ve ever been in. The one thing that I can truly say is that the band has got heart. Rich’s songs all revolve around people that we know, and things going on in our lives and he puts his misfit perspective on it. The band is what it is. There’s no pretense, posturing or in-your-face political message. We’ve also got a revolving door with members strewn all across the country, who show up and play when they can. Sort of a home for wayward souls who don’t fit in anywhere else. Musically, it’s kinda punk mod rock-n-roll skinhead hardcore.
JT – You have been in what is arguably the best CT punk band of all time. Although its not the same it was while The Pist were in their hey day, but how do you feel about the state of the CT punk scene today?
Al Pist – Aw shucks…I can’t say that we were the best band, but I think we did a good job of getting the kids fired up and hopefully inspiring them the way that we were inspired by the bands that came before us…As far as the scene today, I see a pretty dedicated core of kids, especially from the Eastern part of the state that are making things happen. There’s also places like the Whitney House in Hartford that are providing some awesome DIY basement shows, and giving people a place to hang out. New Haven’s got a decent bar scene, and some spots to play, but it needs to fill that gap that Tune Inn left. There’s good bands and good people there, but no place for the kids to go crazy.
JT – What are your influences?
Al Pist – More than anything, I’m influenced by what is around me at the moment. The bands that we play with, the other solo people that I play with, my friends, etc. Almost all the music I’ve ever loved was introduced to me by my friends. Starting out, some of my main influences were the old CT bands. Although I loved Minor Threat , 7 Seconds, DKs etc. our local scene really inspired me to start playing and writing music. 76% Uncertain, Lost Gen, NMOT, Vatican Commandos, Violent Children, Seizure. These bands all seemed like they were just a bunch of people like me, who weren’t hung up on the fashion aspect of punk. They were more about the fun, the energy and the message.
JT – You are also in another band called M13. What is the difference between the two bands?
Al Pist – M13 is a bastardized Brutally Familiar reunion band that is starting to flesh out its own sound and identity. At the moment, the lineups in M13 and The Deacons are pretty similar, but the music and the vibe is different. M13 is way heavier, faster and more direct. The aim is to bring it with intensity and take no prisoners.
JT – If you could join another CT punk band for a day who would it be?
Al Pist – I always wanted to be in Brutally Familiar, and M13 is a close as I’ll ever get so that’ll have to do. As far as current bands…I don’t think any of them need an old guy like me hanging around.
JT – You have been all over the country playing shows. How would you say Connecticut rates in comparison to other punk scenes?
Al Pist – I think that we have as much going on here as anywhere else. Every scene has its good and bad points. We’ve got enough people involved to support touring bands when they come through, and we certainly have our share of decent bands that span a pretty wide range of punk and hardcore. As far as I can tell, everyone gets along with each other pretty well and there’s not a lot of rivalry between bands and scenes.
JT – What does the future hold for you and the Deacons?
Al Pist – For the Deacons? Who knows? Maybe some more new members…(we just got Mike from M13 on 2nd guitar.) Rich and drummer Mike LoPorto have been working on a set of the more quiet Deacons stuff that has more of an acoustic feel. We’d also like to get in the studio and record some songs that we never were able to do in the past. As for me…I just want to keep playing, writing and going to shows. It’s really not as easy as it used to be, but the day that you stop pushing yourself and doing things that you think you can’t do is the day your soul dies. I’m 41 now, and I see people in their 50s still doing it, and that keeps me inspired.
Filed under: 21+, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, Die Hipster, DJ Live Mike, New Haven Music, NHM, St. Patrick's Day, The Black Noise Scam, The Midnightmares, Yes Please
Haven’t had enough of the green beer yet? Well, this Wednesday, March 17th, Die Hipster! Records will be presenting ‘St. Patrick’s Day Massacre,’ a full-on punk rock/St. Patrick’s Day celebration show at Cafe Nine featuring The Black Noise Scam, Yes Please, The Midnightmares and DJ Live Mike. New Haven will be represented well at this show as almost all of the billing (minus Port Chester, NY.’s Midnightmares) reside in the Elm City. Keep an ear out for DJ Live Mike (a.k.a. Mike Cooper of Problematics/Hymans/Defcon 5 fame) as he spins in between sets. Be sure to stop by and celebrate the real St. Patrick’s Day!
Filed under: 21+, Shows | Tags: Daniel Street, Die Hipster, DJ You B, Fatal Film, L.A. Trash, New Haven Music, NHM, Pluto Gang, VAG, Wry
Die Hipster (a.k.a. Jeffrey Thunders of The Black Noise Scam) will be presenting a punk/indie rock show this Thursday, February 11th at Milford’s Daniel Street club. Appearing will be several local outfits: Wry (of New Haven, featuring ex-members of Shiv, Kennesaw and The Black Noise Scam), VAG (of East Haven), Fatal Film (one of New London’s finest), Pluto Gang (of Bloomfield) and DJ You B. Of the mentioned bands, only VAG and Pluto Gang come close to the hardcore punk of Thunders’ own band, while Wry and Fatal Film offer indie rock variations on the formula. Wry itself was added to the bill as a last minute replacement for L.A. Trash (a.k.a. Thunders’ newer band with members of Electric Bucket). Regardless, this looks to be another great punk rock billing from Die Hipster. Keep an ear out for Die Hipster’s upcoming Sunday punk rock matinee series at the Space, starting later this month.