Friday, December 30, 2022

Our Quotes of Note from 2022

Mark Cisneros performs with Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds in 2015 in Seattle. Cat Rose photo

It's another year of There's Something Hard in There in the books, and here we revisit some of our interviews from the 2022 session.

We've been fortunate to participate in some enlightening and inspiring chats with solid musicians and people over the years, and we'll deliver some more compelling stories for you to feast upon in 2023. Happy new year!


Mark Cisneros, Hammered Hulls:

"It's like when we get together, it's almost like a break from reality -- from the rest of our lives. We get together and it's just like this amazing, amazing time. And it's like stepping into another dimension."


Emilien Catalano, Moving Targets:

"I was a big fan, had all the records. So for me, it's really like a dream to play with Kenny. I still get along really good. We're halfway through the tour -- 14 shows, I think, tonight -- and I'm not even tired. It's like being on vacation with these guys and making music, touring the world. I can't really ask for more." 


JJ Pearson, Toxic Reasons:

"All the hard work, playing, starving, recording, traveling, not having a home, no long-term relationships, all that I did with a bunch of bandmates that I couldn’t love any more if they were my real brothers."


Chris Foley, SS Decontrol, on "The Kids Will Have Their Say":

"To say that the album helped to shape my formative years would be an understatement. The whole hardcore scene was such a big stepping stone in my life. And it turns out a whole lot of people feel that way, too." 


Mark Sullivan, The Slinkees:

"It really was banging it out. My memory of it is that we were kind of like a dog with a bone in its mouth. We found something, we were working. We were very determined to turn it into something."


Henry Rollins on the SOA EP:

"I think at shows, we were just trying to get through the songs as best we could. The set was like twelve minutes. The shows were more like prolonged convulsions. I’ve always been an intense person I guess. Being in Black Flag allowed me to focus that. Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski wrote some songs you could sink your teeth into." 


Nic Austin and Gene October of Chelsea on the "Evacuate (Revisited)" album:

Austin: "It's been nice for the band to kind of go through all the stuff and bring back a lot of memories, but it also sort of fires you up and gives you a little bit of enthusiasm for the fight now."

October: "I think it was quite important to remind people what a great album that was: A. And B: There's some very important messages on it, I think, which relate to today. You know, the general atmosphere of today, what people are going through. It was worth going back on that again and reminding people."

Sunday, December 18, 2022

'Seasonal surf spectacular': Redshift, The Evanstones and MuerteMen in Seattle/ Cat Rose photos

Redshift (All Cat Rose photos)

Let's hand it to Redshift, The Evanstones and MuerteMen for ripping it up at the "seasonal surf spectacular" on Dec. 10 at the legendary Central Saloon in Seattle. Central alums like Andrew Wood, Chris Cornell and copious other rockers would surely have approved of this shindig.

Cat Rose photos galore:




Saturday, December 3, 2022

Filthy Friends pair with Young Fresh Fellows at stellar Seattle gig/ Cat Rose photos

Filthy Friends (All Cat Rose photos)

By Andy

The rock was abundant as Corin Tucker, Peter Buck and their ultra-ace cohorts shifted Filthy Friends into overdrive at Madame Lou's in Seattle on Nov. 19.

They churned out a mammoth sound filled with copious hooks and melodies in the compact room, which was brimming with music aficionados from throughout the city. Buck, especially, unleashed a big-time guitar clinic and those up front had the perfect vantage point for full immersion and perhaps toted home some new chops to try out on their own axes.

Tucker ruled the front spot with her emotive, sterling vocals and gave her guitar a solid workout, as well. Tucker and Buck -- who are associated with a pair of bands you may have heard of (Sleater-Kinney and REM) -- were joined by guitarist Kurt Bloch, bassist Scott McCaughey and drummer Linda Pitmon.

McCaughey (guitar, vocals) and Bloch (drums) properly warmed up the stage for the Friends as part of the blazing Young Fresh Fellows (Mach III), which was supplemented by bassist Jim Sangster and guitarist John Ramberg. Hilarity abounded at one point as a drum kit was busted (and fixed) and heaps of heckling filled the air.

Yeah, I'll say it: 'Twas a fucking great night!

Here's a plethora of Cat Rose photos.