Damn Handsome was a good time. They renamed themselves for this show (which was, coincidentally, also their first
show), and told everyone they were Goddamn Handsome, as the singer/guitarist Alex WK was looking very black
metal with black and white face paint and a long black wig. the bass player was dressed as Marty McFly, then later
put on a werewolf mask (good joke), after Alex cast the "lupin curse" on him. The music was pretty good too. Basically sloppy
bubblegum punk with a heavy-sounding guitar. The band has no presence on the web other than Alex's MySpace page.
I didn't see much of Hellkite or Masakari, since I'm not the biggest fan of crusty shit, but at some point,
while taking a piss, I heard one of them covering "Take 'Em All" by Cock Sparrer, so of course I went back down to
the basement for that. Pretty good version, too.
Man, I'm becoming very disillusioned here tonight all over the place. I find out your name isn't really Ammo, you don't
live in a storage locker... do the mannequin heads really have A.I. in them??
Ammo: Yeah, oh yeah. That much is true...
Cuz I had this image of you in my mind, like you were this potential Charles Manson-type cult leader guy...
Ammo: (laughs) Well, thank you, that's kind of a compliment actually.
Would you say that your vocal style is the product of multiple personalities?
(To Nikki) So do you guys consider your music "punk"-
Nikki and Danny: Post-rock.
What is the obsession exactly..?
Danny: What isn't??
Nikki: Yeah, c'mon, really.
Ammo: (excited) Well, let me put it this way, when you watch [random video or concert footage I wasn't familiar with], and
he looks at the camera, and does that little thing with his shoulder, there's your answer right there!!
Ammo: Nothing compares to that!
And so on. I also spent quite a stretch of time with Ray Zen of the band Deaf By Arms, talking music, the Menner
scene, open-mindedness, and hip-hop(???). Good guy. Most of that was lost to history as well, what with the faulty batteries
All-and-all, a very fun night. By the way, The House of Awesome actually is a house, inhabited by Alex WK,
Uncle Bad Touch, and Sleazy C, bassist for Deaf By Arms. I'm not sure if they book shows unless one of
these bands is playing it, but hit one of these guys up sometime to find out. Later.
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