by Robert Bell
So a few weeks ago I was out back in the upstairs of the shed, having an executive meeting with some of the principals from R.I.O.T.S. and LR Cream.
When the inevitable topic of startup arose, Capt. Dr. Sgt. Alan Q. Disaster and Everett "Thrash Maestro" Hagen related a story that is no doubt a familiar one for many of us. Earlier this year, the two of them had been kicking back and relaxing to the soothing sounds of classic hardcore: Black Flag, The Dicks, Poison Idea, MDC and the like. Upon reflection, the two began lamenting the current climate of lameness among today's groups.
"Why aren't there any bands that sound like this anymore?" Hagen exclaimed. "Wait a minute," Disaster said, an idea dawning on him, "We could start a band that sounds like this." So they called their buddies Will Boyd, Esq., and Mark "Mark Lierly" Lierly and thus was born R.I.O.T.S. It's name is an ever shifting acronym that has stood for: Ride In On The Shark; Really, It's OK To Shred; Relax — I'll Order The Sandwiches; Rub It On The Stereo, and others.
LR Cream is a relatively new concern that is making its debut performance. The three band members — including the Rt. Rev. Andrew T. Morgan VII, Kyle Carpenter a.k.a. "Vince 'The Fireplug' Tire Iron" and the Hon. Zachariah Reeves — are veterans of Eclipse Glasses, the short-lived party instigation machine that dissolved a couple years back.
This should be a good show, with a 30 percent chance of light moshing.