Wednesday, March 31, 2010
May 13th, 1998: Hot Water Music, Grade, Boy Sets Fire, Bridgewater, Prisoner of Conscience @ Supreme Imperial, Baltimore, MD
Somebody made a prettier version of this flyer, but I don't have it. I also used to have some good photos from this show, but my cat ate them years ago. Use your imagination. This is one of my favorite shows I ever booked. This was not too long after "Forever and Counting" came out, which is still probably my favorite HWM record. It was also the first one I heard, so that may have something to do with it. I still like to pop it on on a fairly regular basis. This was my first time seeing them and they pretty much floored me. Such a great live band. There were so many people in that space going apeshit, and there were a couple "soft spots" in the floor, that I was legitimately worried that it could buckle, sending people crashing down to the first floor. Thankfully it didn't and everyone had a great time. HWM were doing the tour with Grade, which is why Grade played over Boy Sets Fire, even though BSF were much more popular in Baltimore. This was before "Under the Radar" came out, in Kyle's white boy dreadlocks era, and I was never a big fan of any of that stuff. They were better as a rock band. I remember him being real douchey about something. I think it was the PA. It was your standard DIY show PA with no monitors. He kept complaining that he couldn't hear himself. His attitude in general was pretty lame that whole night. Really put me off. Boy Sets Fire's "The Day the Sun Went Out" had been out for a little bit at this point and they were really starting to get some attention. I was pretty into this era of the band. Really energetic live shows. Bridgewater and Prisoner of Conscience were solid openers for this show. I never realized how many shows I put P.O.C. on until going through these flyers recently. I guess just cuz John and I were good friends and there weren't that many decent locals in Baltimore at the time.