Around the same time I got a text from the guys in Russian Girlfriends and Redbush with this idea to do a split Nomeansno release with both bands covering 4 Nomeansno songs a piece and if I would record and release it on FtLP Records. They knew this is pretty much the band that defined music for me, of course the answer was immediately YES!!! (oh crap, did I just let the cat outta the bag? More on that later, but yes, this is happening and I couldn’t be more excited)
So with that, both bands had to come to Denver and the alignment of the new For the Love of Punk Night and them recording matched up perfectly! I have to say it was a little hectic having a show on top of an already time crunched recording session with the Russian Girlfriends, but these guys are pro and we just barely made it. Redbush recorded a few weeks before, so luckily it wasn’t everything piled up on one weekend or I’m sure I wouldn’t be here to write this.
As for the show, holy crap what an amazing night. The thing that Peter and I talked about very early on was that he really wanted Streets of London to be relaxed, just plug in, play and hang out. Keep it to two bands and get back to some of the roots of how punk shows used to be. No need to mic all the drums, blow out the audience but allow an atmosphere that brings band / audience together as it should be. I’m happy to say it worked.
Once Redbush hit the stage after a few mic cable debacles (which Peter quickly remedied) you knew immediately this was band and audience night collectively. They played songs we knew, they got to relax and play what they wanted and we all sang along joyously. I am a huge fan of Redbush and always felt they are in that category of underrated which most of my favorite bands also fall into (Nomeansno anyone?). I think Redbush is a smart band and this can be a good thing to their fans but a hard road in the general music realm. Redbush is good, they are tight and they LOVE what they’re doing which shows in droves when they hit the stage. There was laughter, tears and a real jerk of a guy (me) that was too tired from recording to sit in and sing a Nomeansno song with them. (kicking myself still, I was really on the cusp of doing it and not caring if I forgot a word or two, I swear).
After a short break we had the pleasure of Russian Girlfriends, a treasure from Albuquerque, NM that have always felt like one of Denver’s own. We got treated to a set that started off high fuel with that sweet soul sound singer Adam Hooks brings to the fold. This band is no bullshit folks. Midset we also got to hear their 4 Nomeansno songs that they were in the middle of recording that weekend. This was a highlight for me with the strain of singing along starting to settle into the vocal chords. Eh, who cares, I didn’t have to record any vocals but earplugs were intact to save for recording, so I probably was singing a bit overboard. After that there was more singing along, some removal of clothing (Adam Hooks: “Is that a thing?”) and sweat. Sing-alongs and a lot of high fives ruled the night.
I don’t know about you guys, but this is ultimately the reason I’ve spent most of my life being very passionate about music. We all took a trip with Redbush and Russian Girlfriends and left with smiles on our faces. No bullshit, no fighting and no one left their without a bit of a release from the every day crud.
So all in all, the recordings went well (again, more about this later), the show kicked ass and For the Love of Punk Night @ Streets of London was a huge success. Jamy Cabre and Patrick Houdek both captured the night very well as you’ll see below.
Only thing I would like to add is its humbling how many great comments I got about For the Love of Punk and the things we’ve done / did that night. I am forever thankful to all of you and it is flat out the reason it will continue. Thank you, seriously, from all of us that just labor for the pure passion of it. Please continue to support these monthly events at Streets of London, the bands, Peter and I will be forever grateful 😉
* all photos and featured photo by Jamy Cabre
* all photos below by Patrick Houdek
Don’t forget to check out the next For the Love of Punk Night @ Streets of London with Flight Kamikaze and Victim Culture below. You can stay tuned on our calendar page for any shows or events we’re involved in.