The Swillerz were the first band to take the stage. Jim, the lead singer belted out the vocals as any punker, but on a couple of songs he surprised me with the range of a Mike Ness or Mark Lanegan type vox, before digging back into his bass and the band blasting their next punk rock chorus.
They were the first band on the bill at Kimo’s on April 1, 2006. At one point in the set, Jim, the lead singer ripped his guitar off his shoulder, during a song that sounded like the Pogues on speed, and ran right into the crowd starting a pit, then jumped back onstage and continued where he left off. It was brilliant.
I said hi to him after the show and he gave me a vacant â€˜Iâ€™m too drunk to drive home and I might throw up on youâ€™ stare.
Swill they will.
The next band was some moody, woe is me and arenâ€™t we cute with our same haircuts crapola. They were from Atlanta I think and they seemed pretty young, so maybe they were just singing about puberty and their problems soaking their sheets with wet dreams or something. But, hey, they were sandwiched in between two rocking bands and I probably wouldâ€™ve loved them if they played with Kenny G. I wonâ€™t mention their name because Iâ€™m being way too hard on them and I hate bitchy rock critics. So, moving onâ€¦.
Junkload took the stage, and when I say took the stage, they commanded everyoneâ€™s attention. Their heavy sound reminds me of Helmet, Cows and an influence of just about every band that ever recorded for Amphetamine Reptile records in the early 90â€™s. They hit it hard and heavy. Picture going to see Helmet, but with a lead singer who actually knows how to perform. Get this, they donâ€™t have a bass player. Itâ€™s just a guitarist and drummer. Some similarities to 400 Blows, I think these guys are going to continue to build an audience fast, so go see them while you can at the small clubs. Theyâ€™re based in Los Angeles and play San Francisco once in a while.
The Swillerz: myspace.com/theswillers
Swillerz photo taken by Jahmai Castillo
Junkload photo taken by Andrea Markle