Smoke Up Johnny. Photo by Matthew Martin.
THE SUBTEENS/ SMOKE UP JOHNNY10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Ah, bar rock. Where you been gone so long? To be fair, after a fairly extended hiatus following their tour with Green Day, Smoke Up Johnny
has been playing gigs over the last month or so. But it's been months since a bill with this much three-chord hedonism came our way. For more than a decade, the Subteens
have been a force on the Memphis scene. Like Smoke Up Johnny, they specialize in fist-pumping hard rock, full of sing-a-long hooks and lyrics about the fast life. A few years back, lead singer and guitarist Mark Arkin started living out his lyrics a little too closely, and the band had a messy break. But late last year, they reformed to record a new song, “Never Gonna Happen” (available for free download on thesubteens.com
, awesomely along with the band's first album, “Burn Your Cardigan”), and early this year, they played what they termed a “one-off gig.” Guess it didn't take. Smoke Up Johnny comes to White Water armed with new material. The band's planning, in the near future, to go into the studio with Barry Poynter to record a follow-up to last year's self-titled release. Nos Rebos
opens the show.