Sunday, March 31, 2019

Punk rock unleashed in historic Seattle building / Cat Rose photos

Having Issues. (All Cat Rose photos)

By Andy

You get four bands in the punk-rock realm and give them the run of a section of the historic Barnes Building in Seattle, and chances are, it's gonna rage, right?

With Having Issues, Millhous, Steel Tigers of Death and Ichi Bichi at the helm, last Friday's gig at the Belltown Yacht Club adjacent to the Screwdriver bar was packed tight up front and the bands delivered the raucous goods.

Congrats to our friends in Having Issues for staging the gig to celebrate the release of their solid six-song EP, which is available here.

Props to Kaz (Casimir Baniszewski) for recording, mixing and producing the EP and to Emma for assistant recording.

So, the Barnes Building, it's had its fair share of activity since it was constructed in late 1890. It has been home to International Order of Odd Fellows lodges, fraternal and secret societies, the Free and Accepted Masons, Pentecostal Mission, the International Bible Students Association, and businesses selling and manufacturing furniture, dry goods, farm implements and sleeping bags.

When it became known as Ingram Hall, the place was hopping with dances and dance classes and the First Chamber Dance Company, Seattle's first resident professional ballet company.

So, to tie all that in with Friday's gig, there were a few odd fellows spotted within the crowd, the local punk scene is a secret society, for sure, and we could have used some sleeping bags to rest our weary bodies afterward. As far as we could tell, no one was quoting Bible passages, so that's a good thing.

Perhaps at the next gig, a band member or two will whip out some ballet moves. Just saying.