#1
Living in a virtual punk rock mecca like Gainesville FL (google "The Fest Gainesville FL," for example), even just playing in little crap pissant bands like the ones I'm in, one just naturally crosses paths, eventually, anyhow, with punk rock royalty.

I consider the Big 3 of GNV's extant punk rock bands to be Less Than Jake, probably the best known to mainstream audiences (since their ska-punk sound is very pop-oriented), the current hottest punk rock band in the country Against Me! (hard to deny being on the cover of Rolling Stone), and the slightly more genre-specific cult-oriented Hot Water Music. If you want to add a couple more for historical significance that are legendary within punk-rock circles but never made any money or (much) international fame, you can add Roach Motel ('80's), and Radon ('90's heyday, but still live in GNV and play here several times a year).

Those last two are both personal faves of mine, particularly RM, with whom my very first band played a few shows in the early '80's (our bassist was also the RM drummer), and then my current main band Crash Pad played on their two reunion tours five or six years back. I had never been on a bill with Radon until last Fall, when we played middle of the bill at an all-day unofficial The Fest gig (i.e., during The Fest but not a part of its actual ticketing/PR/bill) that Radon headlined.

Of the Big 3, by weird coincidence Against Me! has actually opened for Crash Pad. Of course, that was like 14 years ago when the band was just a duo and virtually know one had heard of them. So, that's one down.

As for Less Than Jake, they used to play the same venues Crash Pad did in the '90's, but we were never paired up. Their guitarist Chris and bassist Roger came to one or two Crash Pad shows a decade or so ago (they can't come to local shows in the audience without everyone going "the guys from LTJ are here!"), because we used to gig with some friends of theirs from Ocala (just 30 minutes south of GNV) called Vangard. And then more recently Crash Pad did play with a LTJ side band, Roger's Rehasher, a few years ago.

But last night I finally crossed LTJ of the list.

Over the last year or so I've been playing guitar in a side band called the Bill Perry Orchestra. It's sort of a performance art/experimental collective, led by an unrepentant hippie and painter. It's been around for literally 30 years, with probably dozens of local musos, artists, and other scenesters and characters of ill repute drifting in and out. Bill is sort of a Gainesville institution, and worked at our longest-standing indie record store (which closed last year when its owner unexpectedly died of a heart attack). So basically anyone and everyone in the GNV indie/punk/art community knows Bill.

And that includes Chris DeMakes of LTJ. For the past couple years, LTJ has done a 2-day "homecoming" stand at a local venue to sort of say thanks to all their homeboys, usually over Labor Day weekend. Last night the Bill Perry Orchestra opened the first of the two shows.

It was fun. Here's some pics.

My artiste ID:



Our lap steel player Lisa. It's good to be in a band where I'm not the oldest for a change.



Our drummer Blue's kit:



My rig. The Laney was just a backup. I used it to sit on, and the Fender Super-Champ XD as my actual amp.



View from the stage, just before our closer:



So now, I guess I have to set my sights on Hot Water Music.
#2
I live in Gainesville. Punk Rock Mecca? lol. There's nothing but wannabe rainbow children and trust-punks here.
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#3
Quote by Brian Krashpad
Living in a virtual punk rock mecca like Gainesville FL


lol

I consider the Big 3 of GNV's extant punk rock bands to be Less Than Jake, probably the best known to mainstream audiences (since their ska-punk sound is very pop-oriented)


really lame band tbh

the current hottest punk rock band in the country Against Me! (hard to deny being on the cover of Rolling Stone)


only on the cover because of the frontwomen's personal life, the band is mediocre

and the slightly more genre-specific cult-oriented Hot Water Music


you know it's bad when one of the three "biggest" is "cult-oriented"

makes the overall thing seem pretty insignificant
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#4
Quote by theogonia777
you know it's bad when one of the three "biggest" is "cult-oriented"

makes the overall thing seem pretty insignificant

It is insignificant. It only matters to a small clique in downtown and residents west of Main street. You know, where it's safe for whitey to be hardcore. lol.
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#8
Against Me! Went downhill once White Crosses came out, I gave them my money for that trash. I played it in my car once and chucked that piece of shit out the window. The worst cd I have ever purchased.
#9
My son was born there.
That place sucks.
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Cool. Congrats.
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#11
pretty awesome to play with people you look up to

congrats ts
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#12
Quote by Brian Krashpad
^This

Sorry sweetheart, maybe you and your neckbeard buddies can hang more Batik prayer flags on your doorways in Duckpond and sip kombucha on your stoop, sharing more stories from the 90s as the world passes by.

"Punks" in Gainesville are without a cause. They don't care about the homelessness here, they refuse to mingle or associate with the East side of town, and honestly, they have no real influence or presence in the town due to the gentrification the university produces. It's local tribalism from a group of over-tattooed folks in their 30s and 40s who are nostalgic for a time long gone, and still haven't got the decency to acknowledge other people who wave at them. What's wrong? Are folks without massively stupid ear-gauges and who don't shop at the Co-op not "true natives"?
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#13
wrapping the word "punks" in quotation marks

lol




#14
Quote by MinterMan22
wrapping the word "punks" in quotation marks

lol

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#15
TS, get your shit together! Gainesville a "punk rock mecca"? And Against Me! and Less Than Jake "punk rock royalty"?

Get this guy out of here...
#17
Quote by Zaphikh
Sorry sweetheart, maybe you and your neckbeard buddies can hang more Batik prayer flags on your doorways in Duckpond and sip kombucha on your stoop, sharing more stories from the 90s as the world passes by.

"Punks" in Gainesville are without a cause. They don't care about the homelessness here, they refuse to mingle or associate with the East side of town, and honestly, they have no real influence or presence in the town due to the gentrification the university produces. It's local tribalism from a group of over-tattooed folks in their 30s and 40s who are nostalgic for a time long gone, and still haven't got the decency to acknowledge other people who wave at them. What's wrong? Are folks without massively stupid ear-gauges and who don't shop at the Co-op not "true natives"?


I don't have a neck beard or know anyone who does. Or ear guages. I wave at people. I have no tattoos. I don't live in the Duckpond, own any batik, and I don't even know what kombucha is.

My post was about music. You seem to be preoccupied with everything but music.

You seem sad. Maybe you should just go back to Portlandia. Sweetheart.
#20
Quote by deadsmileyface
okay

im more punk than u what are u gonna do about it pal?




#21
Quote by MinterMan22
im more punk than u what are u gonna do about it pal?

this is not true. I'm the most punk person on this forum.
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#22
Quote by deadsmileyface
this is not true. I'm the most punk person on this forum.

yr not punk & im telling everyone




#24
Quote by MinterMan22
yr not punk & im telling everyone

pls dont I dont want my punk rocker friends to think I am poser :0

oh I mean save ur breath i never was one ha ha!
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#26
Quote by Eastwinn
did you kill any cops?
read any kerouac?

hey when did you change yr hair colour again? its pretty rad tbh




#27
Quote by Eastwinn
did you kill any cops?
read any kerouac?

nah but I have lots of punk rock t shirts that I got off the internet!

I used to have some ripped pants too but I got rid of em
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#28
Quote by Eastwinn
did you kill any cops?


he is not hardcore radikult enough for that
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#30
yeah i wanna bet
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