Monday, August 27, 2018

FEAR of life, featuring CH3 and The Lucky Boys

FEAR, top, and CH3 in Seattle. (All Cat Rose photos)

Andy, text; Cat Rose, photos

Well, there’s a first time for everything in punk rock. And I’m not talking about your initial out-of-control stage dive (bounce off a guy’s shoulder and smash into the ground) or feeble attempt at partaking in some slam dancing (stand on the perimeter and push a few skankers a bit).

We’re jawing about finally witnessing FEAR and CH3 on the same bill.

When my brother, Ed, and I and our hardcore comrades attended SoCal gigs in the early ‘80s, we watched the rowdy gents in FEAR and CH3 copious times at haunts like the Cuckoo’s Nest, Devonshire Downs, The Barn at Alpine Village and more. However, we never saw the duo unleash their tunes on the same evening.

That all changed last Saturday night.

This time, it was my little sister, Kristin, on the attendance docket along with Cat Rose with her camera and tons of other friends slotted up front watching the two SoCal stalwarts perform at The Showbox in Seattle alongside local favorites, The Lucky Boys. What a powerhouse triple bill.

Ringleaders Lee Ving from FEAR and Mike Magrann from CH3 were just as vibrant as they were in the days of yore as they guided their groups through all their “hits” from whence they got all the money. (LOL).

Big-time thanks to the CH3 and FEAR guys and stellar old-school LA photographer Alison Braun, who was back behind the lens on Saturday, for helping us secure a photo pass to bring you these images.





Sunday, August 19, 2018

Got issues? Seattle bands can be your support group

Having Issues. (All Cat Rose photos)

Andy, text; Cat Rose, photos

Who doesn't want to peruse bands, swill beer or wine and partake in a wild time at 2 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon?

Nealan Blinstrub, who fronts the band Having Issues, is thrusting that idea into action with a screech and a scream at The Conservatory in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

On Saturday, her band along with Charlatan, 2 Libras and Communal 40oz. put a few extra dings into the exposed brick backdrop of the coffee house -- which offers a selection of adult beverages as well -- with their dark and loud tuneage.

Her goal is to bring the merriment to The Conservatory from 2-6 p.m. every third Saturday of the month and let four bands and a DJ loose on the place.

"I wanted to mix genres. I'm not really one that just wants to keep one genre. I wanted to make sure that I can accommodate all music-goers to some degree, but more along the lines of punk and gothic and death rock and a little bit of metal if it fits in -- it is what it is. I just want to have a good time," Blinstrub said outside of The Conservatory on Saturday.

The concert idea stemmed from her forming the Seattle Punk Meetup group about five years ago. The group puts on different events (from hanging out at gigs to movie nights) and grew from one (Blinstrub) to almost 500 members.

Plus she wanted her band to plug in and unleash their tunes on the people.

"We wanna play out and I'd like to make my own schedule if I can," she said with a laugh, "And plus, I wanna give back to the community. It's a cheap seven bucks for four bands."

For information, keep track of the Having Issues Facebook page at: