Tuesday, June 8, 2010

January 13th, 1999: Saves the Day, Purpose, FSJM (Chernobyl Kids), Paris, Texas, the Cotton Weary @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD


Is that a young David Goldberg in the front of the crowd in that Saves the Day pic? I quite enjoyed this show. I don't know anything about what the members of the Cotton Weary went on to do after that band but they were a decent emo/pop band from New York. I think I still have their demo in a box in the basement. I never cared much for Paris, Texas, or most Polyvinyl bands for that matter, but I think they went on to release records of some modest acclaim a few years later on into the early 00's. This was Chernobyl Kids' first show but they didn't have a name yet so I listed them as FSJM (Funny, Steve, John, Matt) on the flyer. For those unaware, this was a solid supergroup featuring members of the Pee Tanks, Longshot, Mendoza, and SQUID (and future members of No Justice, Longshot, Set To Explode, the Aftermath, etc.). They released a demo, a split 7" with my old band, Looks Like Rain, on my old label, Emogeddon Records, and an incredible self-released CD full-length. If you're into bands like Dag Nasty, 7 Seconds, and Circle Jerks then you really should check that album out if you've never heard it. Easily one of Maryland's best hardcore/punk bands ever. I was a big fan of the Purpose and everything they released. That picture shows a young Fid (currently of the Measure [SA]) playing guitar for them, as well as a young Chris Oliver on bass. This is still "Can't Slow Down" era Saves the Day, so of course their set was great. I made the small flyer and I'm pretty sure Steve Clark made the big one.

4 comments:

BleedingEdges said...

Purpose later changed to "The Purpose" and went all revolution summer, and ditched the youth crew vibe. I preferred "Purpose."

Anonymous said...

Chernobyl Kids were a GREAT local band. And there are probally only 5 or 6 DC Baltimore bands from that era that i would say that about.

Mike Riley said...

I thought both versions of the Purpose were great. I loved that LP and that final 7" as much as the early stuff.

Johnny said...

Speaking of the pee tanks I am in desperate need of mp3's of the "dance around the potters wheel" demo "exorcist buttman in love tape" and the "pro fun" demo. I now someone has them! I been bugging Funny for years to put these out but to no avail.