I've seen Akimbo 692 times. That is a lie. But I've seen them a lot. As Brian Cook wrote in this farewell letter, Akimbo has been a part of the local music scene for well over a decade. We're watched them grow up as a band, seen them literally dozens of times over the years. My favorite Akimbo show, though, without question, is the night they played 2nd Ave Pizza in 2004 with another great local hardcore band the Assailant. As I wrote in my old Underage column from that year:
That night, the two bands, running out of time, played head to head, with drum sets facing one another and each band taking a turn for a song. The guitarists were thrashing all over the place and within the first minute, the cramped quarters resulted in injury as Assailant frontman Dick Rhee took a guitar to the eye. He played on like the badass he is, though, with blood dripping down his face and everything.
Fuck that was an awesome show.
I still miss 2nd Avenue Pizza. I will miss Akimbo.