I got to the show in the middle of Black Elk’s set. Those guys RAWK. Man rock. They sounded like Helmet, but a bit slower and with the growling vocals that Amphetamine Reptile Records loved in the 90’s.
BTW, I forgot to bring my camera to the show, and in hindsight I’m very glad I didn’t because it would’ve been smashed up in the pit. I was on a budget, so I brought in a flask and bought a bud. Then a couple of friends bought me drinks.
The Bar Feeders came on and as always they kicked ass. Wyoming, More Beer for the Bar Feeders and other classics by the best drinking punk rock band EVER! Cecil the drummer is in Berlin, but their back up drummer was steller.
They challenged the crowd to do karaoke to a cover and if they weren’t good they would get kicked back into the crowd. Everyone was timid and no one stepped up.
They gave it another try, taunted the audience for not stepping up to the challenge and started playing a punk rock version of “Everybody’s Workin’ For the Weekend” by Loverboy.
I got up onstage…my friends know, but some don’t, when need I to I can harness the power of a demon from deep in my abdomen and HE will cometh….and my true calling is to be a lead singer of a death metal band. I don’t have enough hair, so I settle on DJing. Anyway, I didn’t get kicked off, they let me go the whole song and lots of people patted me on the back. Later in the night the guitarist for The Fleshies even said, ‘dude, you rock’.
By the time The Fleshies came on, Dude, I was drunk. I’ve seen The Fleshies maybe 10 times and the two best shows I’ve seen them do is at El Rio. There’s just a vibe about the place.
If you haven’t seen them, lead singer Johnny Nomonicker loves to stage dive and interact with the crowd through the whole set. I’d hate to be his health insurance provider in ten years.
One funny story, when I saw The Fleshies @ Mighty Ruckus and we were in the pit I found a pair of glasses and grabbed them before anyone stepped on them. I held them in the air and they turned out to be my friend Lester’s from The Yes Gos. Lester was at the El Rio on Saturday. During The Fleshies, my glasses flew off and he grabbed them off the floor before they were stomped on. I know, it freaks me out too. And if he’s a Cancer, then I’m totally going to start believe Astrology isn’t bullshit. No, I’ll still believe that.
As for the venue, I can’t say enough great things about the El Rio. It’s a friendly place…punk rock friendly. And every show is a good vibe.