Show Review August 1, 2008
The Sidebar, Baltimore, MD
By Tyler Vile
I came to
the show just before they opened the doors.
got a free copy
of Think Forward Zine,
put out by Easton All-Stars/International Jet Set Members
Cody Finkler, Jon Beasley, and Chris Beasley, in an attempt to
Maryland’s Eastern shore into a punk
scene (For those of you who don’t know, the Eastern shore is a good
hour or two from B-more.).
friends were walking by The Sidebar, saw
me, and felt compelled to come in. They were a bit short on cash, so I
a few for the cover charge.
act to play was PETE YORKO, a one man
band with the energy of a quartet. He sang, played electric guitar, and
bass and snare drums with his feet. The maniac minstrel was like a
Woody Guthrie and Iggy Pop, flailing and wailing across the stage,
hands and feet moved across the instruments so madly.
songs were rooted
in '20s and '30s delta blues and folk, but played with a punk zeal. He
told me he
gets stuck playing psychobilly shows a lot, but he has a style all his
next band on was The International Jet Set, a seven piece ska
consisting of members of Press Black, The John Hardy Boys, and The
They had a smooth Two Tone sound but with obvious punk edges.
treated the crowd to a stellar cover of “White Man in the Hammersmith
by The Clash. My friend Megan and I skanked gleefully throughout their
caring that we probably looked like complete idiots.
to play was Buzz Deluxe, a husband and wife psychobilly duo all the way
from Toronto, Canada.
looked like they’d fit perfectly into the John Waters film "Cry Baby."
Comparisons to The Cramps would be too blatant, but I don’t know how
describe them. I thought they could use a stand up bassist but that
contribute more to the image than anything else.
Lexington Arrows, who
used to feature Pat Termite of The Beatnik Termites on drums, were the
band to play. Their set that night was faster than I’d ever heard them
they still maintained there surf/garage rock sensibility and general
band of the night was wanna be Japanese white boy noise band Geisha
Lightning, whose performances have become scarce recently. Seeing them
real treat. They asked me if the lyrics they ran through an online
translator made any sense, but I have trouble understanding their