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
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.