Posted: Oct 2, 2014 10:06 am
It seems like everything gets kicked up a notch or two for Gonerfest. I don’t think there was a band that I thought just stank on ice although I wasn't that keen on “The Rebel.” Some of the stand-outs to me:
Paul Collins Beat was very good especially since his voice was about half cashed and he had to strain to get the songs out. They sounded rougher and more urgent. Even better than I had previously seen him.
Golden Pelicans – I got a champagne facial. It would have been very homoerotic but only if you were into fat, ugly, middle aged bald guys.
Len Bright Combo – Perfect. My favorite. Eric played a Microfrets guitar very much like the one my brother gave me last Christmas.
Gooch Palms (nsfw) – I got inside after they started playing and saw something bounce off the head of a lady right in front of me. I nearly got hit in the gob by the guy’s tighty whities!
Nathan Roche - What EO said and maybe some Jonathan Richman.
Nots – I saw them as a 3 piece previously. They’re even better now. Can't wait for the record.
King Brothers – They took it to the streets, took it to the people. Literally. Crazy fun.
Hans Condor – After the official end Sunday afternoon, my brother and I opted for more live rock and roll at the Hi Tone. After the first two bands played, there was pretty much nobody there to witness the destruction that this band put forth – a guy from one of the opening bands, two girls (bands girlfriends?), two guys with beards + glasses, a photographer lady (you know who she is...pretty, tall, slender, shoulder length red hair in ringlets), plus…the King Brothers! I’ve never seen anybody play with more reckless abandon for a half dozen people. It was like being transported in time and space back to the Grande Ballroom in 1969 to find the MC5 had been transmogrified with all the energy condensed into this three piece. Wow, what a way to wrap things up!