Thorns Of Life, the new band featuring Aaron Cometbus (Crimpshrine, Pinhead Gunpowder), Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil) and Daniela Sea (the Gr’ups, and Showtime’s The L word), is playing Saturday at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley for Punk Rock Joel‘s birthday party. I’m still after-sex-glowing at seeing them twice so far this week around the SF bay area, and recommend you do anything in your power to make it out, they are every bit as good as their lineage would make you have sonic wet dreams about.
Photo credit: Ham N’ Beans
Let’s talk about this birthday thing for a minute. Joel has been a local punk rock fixture for as long as I can remember, taking pictures, pogo’ing around, confusing my parent’s, and just being an all around sweetheart. His birthday party is a 924 Gilman street tradition, two days of Joel’s hand-picked top notch bands, free cake, surprises and good times.
Our very own Secretions are playing Friday night with Pansy Division, Kepi The Band, Boats and holy fuck — The Avengers! Now this show is already enough to give us major quivers over the entire weekend, but holy fuck, have you seen Saturday’s line up?? Not only do we have the previously mentioned Thorns Of Life, but Off With Their Heads and the Re Volts too! This means that you are a fucking moron if you don’t make it to these shows, even if your left side just got eaten by meat bees, trust me on this one, come the fuck out!! It doesn’t even matter that Off With Their Heads are incapable of playing longer than 14 minutes, since 14 minutes in heaven is better than 13 minutes in heaven. Comadre and Hunx And His Punx are playing too, who I haven’t heard yet but hear good things about.
Silver Sprocket will be hosting a free vegan BBQ for folks waiting in line before Saturday’s show, and in Cometbus-Bands-At-Gilman-Tradition, we are providing lots of chalk for your obscene sidewalk endeavors.
Speaking of Secretions, Sacramento’s smelliest are working on their new album coming out this summer, which they threaten to call Hotgreasymeatcheezy. I really wish this were a joke, but they seem serious. If you are someone the Secretions listen to, please convince them to come up with a less gross album title. More Secretions tour dates and news coming up too!