Posted: Oct 22, 2003 5:06 am
I NEVER considered myself part of the Con/EJs OR the vegan "biker" (heh heh) scenes! That shit was all way too pretentious for me and the other,oh,about 18 or so people that i got along with,so we fell ass backward into a Shit Rock Nation of fellow drunks,defects,and failures in PDX and in TacOly and 'Attle! Just because we played their venues on Tuesday nites (and eventually packed the room and sold 'em outta the bar in beer and NEVER got paid!)
didn't mean we associated with those clods on any sort of regular basis!
Rock Clubs only serve 2 functions: a place to play that's not a basement,and an excuse to get drunk (or laid) outside of a house party! Since i can have more fun NOT at Club 21,i didn't go there unless it was to promote the band!
If i had my way,i would DESTROY ALL ROCK CLUBS,that way people would have to be creative again about where to play and who to play with! There's not enuff band input in a Rock Club when it comes to booking shows either.How many times has one tried to book a great show w/ bands that wanna all play together only to have it subverted by whoever was booking that wanted some retarded ass band to play that didn't fit into the bill at all because they say it might "draw"? That's Rock booking in Portland in a nutshell right there!
Or at least that's how it used to be! It seems like the new generation of clubs like Twilight Cafe,Dunes,etc. are little more user friendly than those old ones,probably because they're booked and ran by folks that used to be in bands that played on Tuesday nite that got the royal screwjob from those shitty clubs!I'm sure it's not all Peaches and Cream or Ambrosia w/ these new places either,but it's an imperfect world,and i'd much rather see a band play w/ the intensity of knowing each show could be their last 'cuz the place is shutting down than to go to some fucking Established venue where the intensity level of performance is lacking 'cuz it might as well be a wax museum in there,and no one's having fun!