Akimbo closed their unsettlingly loud and uncomfortably sweaty show at the Capitol Hill Block Party with a cover of Black Flag's "Thirsty and Miserable." The crowd went apeshit and it was the best live cover of Black Flag I ever remembering hearing. Usually it's sloppy and shitty punk bands that give it a go and it's just, well, sloppy and shitty. Akmibo had the passion, the fire. Afterwards, to everyone's delight, they announced they'll be playing a show set of Black Flag covers later this fall, and details were to follow.
Well, to all the stoked folks in the crowd that day, more details have arrived. From the band's press release:
What the fuck happened to punk rock? These days a "punk" band might mean 9 people with no rhythm on stage banging pots and blowing into trumpets, or 30 year old xtreme sports enthusiasts with slim sunglasses and the perfectly frosted faux hawk and goatee singing "melodic hardcore", or chugga chugga emo-metal bands covering The Postal Service, or Fallout Boy, or even better, a DJ. A DJ?!?! And before this mess there was the whole punk/ska debacle... If Goldfinger didn't ruin it, No Doubt sure fucking did.
Arguably, BLACK FLAG is perhaps the purest form of "punk" that ever was. I don't need to tell you that they invented the concept of living on the road and touring until the wheels fall off. I don't need to tell you that they damned the critics and pushed their own creative limits at every stage of their existence. I don't need to tell you that they helped pioneer the concept of starting your own damn label to put out your own damn albums because, well, hey, fuck the majors. I don't need to tell you that they are the most sonically raw, visceral, purely channeled force of rage that has ever exploded on a stage. I don't need to tell you that albums like "Damaged", "My War", and "Slip it In" are legendary in all literal sense of the word...
I do need to tell you that on September 11th and 12th, members of Akimbo, Tad, and Black Elk will be gathering to perform 15 of Black Flag's most pounding songs. Why? Lets call it a reminder of what we used to have.
They'll be playing Friday, September 11th, at the Comet Tavern and again Saturday, September 12th, at East End in Portland. Both shows are 21+, $6.