Saturday night I went to see my friends band, Yo!Scunt, play. My band used to practice across the hall from Yo!Scunt a while back and have played a bunch of shows together over the years. I rarely find the time to make it down to see them when I'm not actually playing with them, so I promised myself and Chris, the lead singer and my good friend, that I would make it no matter what. So, I did!
Before they went on, a band called Bloodbeat played. I had no idea that they were celebrating their 20th anniversary. Another good friend of mine Tom, from an insane band called Seizure Crypt, is now playing bass for them. Tom does so much for the local scene, it's pretty incredible, a true punk rocker at heart. When I heard the lead singer of Bloodbeat talk about how they've been around for 20 years, I was really impressed to say the least. I was really happy to see a bunch of guys get together and play music for the fun of it.
I could be wrong but I highly doubt Bloodbeat worries about much, other than playing shows. It just seems like the only thing they are concerned about is playing and that's refreshing. In this MTV world it rarely is just about playing a show for human beings. It often becomes about the next big thing, the record deals, or the world tours. It becomes about image, rather than content. I guess that's fine for some, but for a band like Bloodbeat these things don't seem to concern them in the least. It really feels like just playing in front of people, anyone, every weekend is all they want and they are happy.
Watching Yo!Scunt always makes me smile. I don't know what it is. I don't know if it's because I've known these guys since I started playing in a band or because the songs are really good. Maybe it's the sick bass playing of Andrew or the high energy of Ryan Nixon, or maybe I just like watching Chris cut loose and have fun in his own unique way. Chris is a dude that says what he thinks and it makes perfect sense that Yo!Scunt is the same in this way. I recommend giving them a listen!
Picture by Otto Yamamoto