Tuesday, May 22, 2018

June 16, 2000: Atari, In Reach, What Lies Ahead, Looks Like Rain, Society at Stake, the Chase @ Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

Here's another version of a flyer for this show I posted about a while back. xHead Onx took the place of In Reach, and I'm fairly positive that Atari did not play. Andy Norton (Desperate Measures, Champion, Praise, etc.), who I'm pretty sure played in Society at Stake, booked this one.

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 26, 2000: De Nada, The Chernobyl Kids, Awake, Looks Like Rain @ the Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

This one is interesting to me because I'm pretty sure computerswilldestroyusATyahooDOTcom was Aaron Fishbein's email address, but I don't remember him ever booking shows at the Sushi Cafe. I don't remember if Sara Klemm or Sara Beauchamp did DC Books to Prisoners, but I don't remember either of them being connected to Aaron Fishbein either. Regardless, a show at Sushi Cafe with De Nada and Chernobyl Kids was most certainly a good time. Can't say I remember who Awake were.

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 20, 2000: Kitty Badass, The Deacons, The Pac-Men, Tomorrow We Die, Looks Like Rain @ Newtown Teen Center, Newtown, CT

A week later and Looks Like Rain is up in Connecticut for a show in Newtown, a town to later become known nationwide as the location of one of the worst school shootings in American history. (Sadly coincidentally, I'm writing this post on the day of yet another school shooting in the U.S.) I don't remember much from this show except that I bought a cassette copy of "Age of Quarrel" off of someone selling a bunch of used records and tapes. Still have it. The Pac-Men were a rad hc/punk band, that I just realized featured ex-Pist member, and future WarXGames drummer, Brian Marshall on vocals. Neat little round-about Baltimore connection.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 7, 2000: Kill Your Idols, Indecision, Down to None, Looks Like Rain, Fast Times @ 123 Pleasant St, Morgantown, WV

This was a really fun show out in Morgantown, WV playing with our friends in Kill Your Idols and Indecision. Artie was singing for Indecision at this time and had some classic between-song banter. I remember them playing on the floor, but can't remember if all the bands did or not. 123 Pleasant St shows were always a blast for Looks Like Rain and this one was no different.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

April 28, 2000: Fast Times, Red Angel Dragnet, Worthless, Looks Like Rain @ Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

Here's a show LLR played at the Sushi Cafe with Fast Times and Worthless from New Jersey and Red Angel Dragnet from Richmond. Bryan Flowers booked this show and made the flyer.

Monday, May 14, 2018

April 18, 2000: City of Caterpillar, No Solution, Looks Like Rain, Pollyanna's Lazy Eye Band @ Girls, Inc, Newark, DE

Looks Like Rain took a little trip up 95 on a Tuesday to play a show in Newark, DE. No strong recollections of this show.

Monday, May 7, 2018

April 15, 2000: Indecision, Walls of Jericho, Good Clean Fun, Onslaught, Battleground, Twelve Tribes, Not Waving But Drowning, Looks Like Rain, etc. @ Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

Looks Like Rain's second out of town show was little festival at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. This flyer is on a fluorescent yellow/green paper that doesn't scan well, but is equally hard to read. The other bands on this show were Indecision, Walls of Jericho, Good Clean Fun, Onslaught, Battleground, Twelve Tribes, 502 Heads, Not Waving But Drowning, Supergrub, My Life Denial, Crestfallen, Skam Impaired, and the Bellarmine Jazz Trio. The best thing about this flyer is the band descriptions. Walls of Jericho ("rock"), Good Clean Fun ("pop rock"), Looks Like Rain ("indie rock"), etc. My favorite is the description for Onslaught ("Sean Nolph's band"), cuz, you know, everyone getting this flyer must know who Sean Nolph is. I don't think the Crestfallen listed here was the band from northern VA, but it's possible. If so, "pop rock" is another great description.

This was an outdoor show on a stage at the bottom of a hill. Probably great for jam bands, but not so great for a hardcore show. My memory from our set is covering Slapshot - "In Your Face" and getting picked up and carried around by a bunch of huge Courage Crew dudes. Either Onslaught or Battleground (or maybe both?) was a Courage Crew band. Full on hand-tattoo Xs and all. Since this was a college-sponsored show, we also got paid handsomely for being a band from out of town that nobody knew.

Friday, May 4, 2018

April 14, 2000: Good Clean Fun, Monotonoushhh, Broadside, Looks Like Rain @ Vinyl Assault, Cincinnati, OH

This is the flyer for Looks Like Rain's first out of town show. We did a little two day out-of-town trip to Cincinnati, OH for this show and then played the next day at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. I don't remember a ton about this show other than that it was a little record store and that before the show we met up with Chris Penna at Xavier University, where he was attending college at the time. I've got a picture somewhere that Chris took of the members of Looks Like Rain standing on a giant X at the university's common area.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April 10, 2000: Daybreak, Ampersand, Innerside Burning, InSpite, Looks Like Rain @ the Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

Here's a bunch of flyers for the first Four One Go! Fest that I put together for about 5 years. All locals on April 10th. I made the top two flyers, John Bachman made the third one, and Carl Caracia made the bottom one. I don't really remember any specifics around this show, so please share your memories in the comments.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

March 26, 2000: Reinforce, De Nada, What Lies Ahead, Scream for Change, Looks Like Rain @ Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

OK, we've wrapped up the series of (mostly) Chop Shop posters created by Damon Pieri and now we're jumping up a year and getting back into the recovered Looks Like Rain flyers. Here's a bunch of flyers for a show at the Sushi Cafe. If I remember correctly, Reinforce cancelled this show and it ended up as an all locals show. I know I have a handful of pictures from this show that I'll have to dig up. Pretty sure this was the show where a random guy from the neighborhood came in and started moshing with everyone during De Nada's set. This is the first appearance of Scream for Change on a flyer in this blog. The honorable Andy Norton played in that band, long before his stints in Desperate Measures, Champion, or Praise. I'm not sure who made the top flyer or the third one. I made the second one, and John Bachman made the fourth one.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

February 19, 1999: The Thumbs, Crispus Attucks, Daycare Swindlers, the Clancy Six, Sisters of Morrissey @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

Here's another Damon Pieri poster for an all-locals show that was supposed to happen at the Chop Shop. It's likely that this got moved to the Sound Exchange in Ellicott City as well, but I don't recall. Let us know in the comments if you remember this show happening.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

February 6, 1999: In My Eyes, Ten Yard Fight, Brother's Keeper, Reach the Sky, Redline @ Phantasmagoria, Wheaton, MD

Here's three variations of the poster for one of my favorite shows I've ever booked. As you can see from the bottom two, it was originally scheduled to take place at the Chop Shop until it got shut down a couple weeks prior. It ended up at Phantasmagoria in Wheaton, MD thanks to Jamie Arthurs. You can read my original post for my prior recollections of the show. The last poster created, the one at the top, features the line up that actually happened. Damon Pieri drew the illustrated one. I made the one at the bottom.

Eric (EMS) from Brother's Keeper posted a few videos from this show...

Reach the Sky: https://youtu.be/NIcYRlwdcI8

Ten Yard Fight: https://youtu.be/KPxAl3KwceY

In My Eyes: https://youtu.be/6N7el8jJBxs

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

January 30, 1999: ErrorType:11, the Kill Quota, the Rookie Lot, the Cotton Weary @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

This show definitely didn't happen at the Chop Shop since it had gotten shut down the previous week. I can't remember if it got moved anywhere. Possibly the Sound Exchange in Ellicott City. Damon Pieri drew the poster and misspelled "Quota".

*UPDATE - Got some details from some fine folks filling in the holes on Facebook.

  • The show definitely got moved to the Sound Exchange. Owner Josh Greenbaum posted some pics in the comments.
  • Yearly may have also played.
  • The Kill Quota featured 3/5 of Walleye, from Newark, Delaware. Their demo is up on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

January 19, 1999: Velvet, No Potential, Clancy 6, Slipstream, Churner @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

Here's a poster by Damon Pieri for a somewhat local show (York, PA, NoVA, and DC) that I have no recollection of. Not 100% sure this one happened. If I remember correctly, Velvet were an indie-rock band from DC. No idea who No Potential were. Clancy 6 were an noisy/grindy band from York, PA. No idea who Slipstream were. My memory of Churner is that they were a noisy hardcore band, maybe AmRep-ish, from norther VA. If anyone was at this show, please let us know what you remember in the comments.

Friday, April 20, 2018

January 15, 1999: Page 99, Orchid, Forthright, Seven Ages, Death Be Not Proud @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

Here's Damon Pieri's poster for the show at the Chop Shop with Page 99 and Orchid. The original post for this show has a flyer with a different line-up. I'd guess this one was the later one since the other flyer doesn't include Orchid. No clue who Death Be Not Proud were. The original post includes a few pictures I took of Page 99 and Orchid. Check it out.

Updates from Facebook comments:
  • Death Be Not Proud included Jeremy Flynn and Al Charity who later played in Hobis and Dawn Treader. (thanks Ganesh K.)
  • Forthright was a local band featuring Dan Owen, currently of Murder (thanks Dan O.)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

January 14, 1999: Lounge, Erikson, Fair Warning, Lanemeyer, Houseboy @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

I'm not positive this show actually happened. The only band I'm familiar with on this poster is Lanemeyer. Don't remember who Lounge are but they seem to have popped up on a bunch of the shows I did around this time. According to this post, it seems that Houseboy was a band from New Jersey. If anyone remembers being at this show, please let us know in the comments. Damon Pieri drew the poster.

*Update based on some Facebook comments. I'm guessing this show didn't actually happen as Lanemeyer played the show the next day at the Chop Shop with Page 99 and Orchid. (thanks Bryan F and Andy B.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

This is the poster that Damon Pieri drew up for the Saves the Day/Purpose show at the Chop Shop. Check out the original post for my recollections and some pictures I took. The Chernobyl Kids also played this show (before they had a name so I dubbed them "FSJM" [Funny, Steve, John, Matt]) but were added later so they didn't make it onto this poster.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

January 9, 1999: Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Cave In, Torn Apart, Lynchpin @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

This is Damon Pieri's poster for this wild show that happened at the Chop Shop. I don't have a handbill version of a flyer for this show so I never made an original post on it. I remember having to leave during Cave In's set for a job I had working at 98 Rock engineering Dee Snider's syndicated radio show The House of Hair, so I don't remember much in the way of details from this one. I remember being told the next day that Jake threw up on the side of the stage right before their set. Jamie Arthurs booked this one so hopefully he'll chime in in the comments about his memories of this show. Sick line-up though. RIP Caleb Scofield.

Monday, April 16, 2018

January 7, 1999: Disenchanted, I Farm, Unfound, Devola, Red Sky, Splurge @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

I don't remember much about this show. It's basically a Long Island invades Baltimore show. Though I don't remember anything about Unfound or Red Sky. It's possible they were not from Long Island. This poster by Damon Pieri is the only flyer I have for it. I think I have some pictures of at least I Farm from this show. I also used to have a Devola t-shirt which I must have bought at this show as I don't remember seeing them any other time.

Let me know if you were here and remember this one.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

December 11, 1998: Joshua, Somerset, Penfold, Yearly @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

I don't recall if this show actually happened. I don't have a handbill version of a flyer for this show, so no original post on it. I also remember liking some stuff I'd heard from both Joshua and Penfold, but don't remember ever actually seeing them live. If anyone was at this show, please let me know what you remember. Also, why is Penfold listed twice? Flyer by Damon Pieri.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

November 18th, 1998: Sam the Butcher, Subsist, Wretch Like Me, On Edge @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

Here we have Damon Pieri's flyer for the Sam the Butcher show I did at the Chop Shop. See my original post for my recollections on the show. Only update I have since that is that I moved to Colorado a couple of years ago and found out that Abe from Wretch Like Me has a new band called Joy Subtraction that are pretty good. They opened for Good Riddance in Denver a little while ago and although they played earlier than expected and I missed them, I got to chat with Abe a bit about this show, Wretch Like Me, O&O Records and Fort Collins punk in the late 90s. Solid guy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

November 9th, 1998: Jimmy Eat World, Coalesce, Jejune, Situation at 1200, Compression, Meatjack @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

Here's the flyer Damon Pieri drew for the Jimmy Eat World/Coalesce show at the Chop Shop. Can't remember why Jejune didn't make it onto here. Maybe they got added to the tour later. See my original post on the show for my recollections.

Monday, April 2, 2018

November 4th, 1998: Living Sacrifice, Six Going On Seven, the Kill Van Kull, Cheater @ the Chop Shop, Baltimore, MD

I recently found a box with a bunch of flyers that my old friend, Damon Pieri, drew for me, so I'm going to get even more out of chronological order for a bit and post these up. This one is for the first show at the Chop Shop (fka the Supreme Imperial). See my original post for my recollection of this show.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 18, 2000: Looks Like Rain, Late Start, Splitsecond, Mountain Oyster Cult @ unknown, Westminster, MD

If I remember this show correctly, it was in an old barn that had been converted into a studio on a farm in Westminster, MD. I'm going to need Gus Bowman to corroborate that. I tried to find it on Google Maps, but it looks like it's a golf course now. I also have a memory that Late Start was a pop-punk band from Ohio that also featured JT Woodruff who played in Eyes Upon Separation and would go on to form Hawthorne Heights. No recollection on who Splitsecond were, but the name sounds like a ska band. I remember that Mountain Oyster Cult featured members of Ironboss, though I don't remember who. No idea who booked this. I think I met my friend Kim McCready at this show.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 12, 2000: Crispus Attucks, Wheelbite, The Control, Daybreak, Looks Like Rain @ the Kaffa House, Washington, DC

Here's a couple flyers for a bunch of fast/thrashy punk bands. I made the flyer on the bottom. Don't know who made the other one, but looks like it could be a Tony Pence flyer. Can't remember why I booked this one at the Kaffa House. The Sushi Cafe, where I was doing most of my shows at the time, may have already been booked. Might also have been at the request of The Control to play a DC show.

*UPDATE: Thanks to Jeremy Smith, who played in The Control, for refreshing my memory. This show didn't actually happen. We all showed up to the venue and the doors were locked and no one ever came to open up. Don't recall what happened but clearly some miscommunication.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

February 26, 2000: Innerside Burning, Gamewinner, Emerge, Looks Like Rain @ Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

Here's a couple flyers for a hot all-locals show at the Sushi Cafe. I believe Alex Dimattesa made the top one and Gus Bowman made the bottom one. I've already covered all the bands on here, so check out their links in the tag list there on the right. Looks like you can still buy the Innerside Burning 7" that was released at this show.

Monday, March 26, 2018

February 13, 2000: Law Biting Citizens, Pale Creation, Eyes Upon Separation, Looks Like Rain @ 123 Pleasant St, Morgantown, WV

Wish I could remember where we played between Pittsburgh and Morgantown. I bet I've got a notebook somewhere with that information. If I remember correctly, Aaron Flanagan was the name of the person that always booked us in Morgantown. Those shows were always fun. We covered "Where Eagles Dare at this show and the place went nuts. The next couple of times we played Morgantown the flyer featured a photo taken during that cover.

Law Biting Citizens were the local hardcore heroes at the time. Pale Creation were a metallic hardcore band from Cleveland along the lines of Starkweather and other tech-ish metal bands of the late 90s. If you've spent any time among Dom Romeo, than you know the "legend" of Nick Fiction. Eyes Upon Separation were an Ohio metal/hc band featuring JT Woodruff who would go on to form Hawthorne Heights. According to Wikipedia, the drummer also went on to join Today Is the Day.

It's always fun to look back at these old flyers and make the connections to bands that featured people that would go on to play in pretty big bands.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

February 11, 2000: The El Camino Club of Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Shoddy Puppet Company, Grand Buffet, Looks Like Rain @ The Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA

This was Looks Like Rain's first out of town show, at Pittsburgh's Mr. Roboto Project. As I recall, it was not all that well attended, but I was stoked on Grand Buffet. In the following couple of years, they seemed to have a pretty good run in the indie hip-hop scene, touring with Sage Francis and Sole. I remember them playing at the Ottobar a few years later and picking up their Pittsburgh Hearts EP, which got a lot of play from me for a while. I don't remember anything about The El Camino Club or The Shoddy Puppet Company's performance. The Mr. Roboto Project was a rad little DIY venue that had a huge influence on us a few years later when we started the Charm City Art Space.

Friday, March 9, 2018

February 5, 2000: Looks Like Rain, Red Angel Dragnet, Brace, Seven Ages @ the Solar Haus, Blacksburg, VA

Hey folks. Over six years since the last post. Wow. The last time I posted I was doing so in my spare time at my job at a print shop in Baltimore, MD. Now I'm doing it in my spare time from my job at an ad agency in Boulder, CO. A year and half after moving and we're still pulling stuff from boxes. I recently discovered the box with all my flyers and found some time recently to start scanning them again. Work is a lot busier around here, but I'm hoping to get 2-3 posts up per week. Tell your friends if they're into this sort of thing. Going to be posting them up on my Instagram as well (mikeriley131).

Anyway, in pulling out the flyers, I found some that were in a folder for Looks Like Rain stuff (my old band), so we're gonna get out of chronological order for a bit and fill in some holes for the year 2000. This flyer is from a show that LLR played in Blacksburg, VA with Bryan Flowers's (LLR drummer) old band, Seven Ages, as well as Brace and Red Angel Dragnet. As it's been six years since the last post, my memory is even worse, so forgive me when I don't remember too many details from some of these shows. I do remember that Solar Haus shows were always a lot of fun. Can't remember much about the band Red Angel Dragnet other than Bryan booked them a few times after he moved to Baltimore.

I welcome your comments if you've got any memories of any of the shows I post.