Friday, May 25, 2018

June 25, 2000: Esteem, Gamewinner, The National Acrobat, Christiansen, Looks Like Rain @ The Sushi Cafe, Baltimore, MD

Looks Like Rain capped off our little weekend trip with a fun little show back in Baltimore at the Sushi Cafe. I'm not 100% sure Esteem played this show. Larry, who I think sang for Esteem, would later found Think Fast! Records with Ryan from Outbreak. Pretty sure Gamewinner's 7" did not come out at this show. Don't even think it came out at their actual 7" release show a bit later. The National Acrobat were the stars of this show. Super energetic set that blew everyone away. Photos from this show were used in the layout of one of their CDs. I can't remember if it was "Can't Stop Casper Adams" or "For All Practical Purposes, Is Dead". The National Acrobat were from Louisville, KY and featured Evan and Ryan Patterson (Coliseum, Young Widows, Black Cross, Breather Resist, Automatic, Fotocrime, etc.), Robby Scott (Christiansen, By the Grace of God, etc.), and few other Louisville kids that I don't believe did anything else. Christiansen would later go on to release a few records with Revelation Records.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

June 24, 2000: Gunspiking, Looks Like Rain, The Deadbeats, Chase @ The Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA

The next day Looks Like Rain headed down to Pittsburgh for this show. I can't remember if the Chase listed here was the band from Maryland or not. I don't recall playing this show with anyone we knew. Gunspiking were a kinda screamy/chaotic local band. I don't remember what The Deadbeats sounded like.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

June 23, 2000: Two Man Advantage, Phil Ashes with The Goods, The Falsies, The Cuban Music Crisis, Duct Tape Pussy, Looks Like Rain @ Colossal Taco, Cuba, NY

This is a show that Looks Like Rain hopped on after the flyer was made. I'm not sure The Falsies played this one. We may have taken their place. Ryan Cappelletti from I Object and Punks Before Profits Records may have had some involvement in this show. That was long before I would come to know him through his bands and label. I still have a scar on my palm from this show. I was circle pitting to 2 Man Advantage, tripped on the carpet, and gouged my hand on a carpet tack that was sticking up a little bit. My other memory from this show was staying at someone's house (possibly Ryan's) that night with the Two Man Advantage guys and watching a VHS tape compiled with what seemed like an hour of farting preachers. I have laughed that hard very few times in my life.

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