Posts Tagged ‘SPF4’

Здравствуйте, мои друзья (Hello My Friends!)
As some of you may know, The Vivisectors  (http://www.myspace.com/gulagtunes) are making a return visit to the US in the first half of May 2011. Lena Antipova, The Vivisectors head honcho and I have booked a few shows that I wanted to let you know about so you can mark the dates on yer ‘droids, crackberries, iDoodads, and even maybe write down on those things we call calendars.

Thursday May 5, 2011 Geno’s Rock Club (http://www.facebook.com/genosrockclub) 625 Congress St. Portland, ME
w/ Thee Icepicks (www.myspace.com/surfbelowzero) and The Vampirates (http://www.myspace.com/vampirates)

Friday May 6 at 12:00 PM RUSSIAN ROCKS! radio show WMPG 90.9 & 104.1 FM (http://wmpg.org/)

Friday May 6, 2011 Beatniks  (www.beatniksbeyou.com) 433 Park Ave Worcester, MA Doors $5, 21+
w/ SPF-4 (http://www.spf-4.com/) This is the first time The Vivisectors have rocked in the Bay State. It will never be the same…and neither will you.

Saturday May 7 Knitting Factory Brooklyn (http://bk.knittingfactory.com/event-details/?tfly_event_id=35169)
Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents: Gary LucasGods & Monsters w/ the Vivisectors. Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM $10.00 – $12.00

Wednesday May 11, 2011 Otto’s Shrunken Head (http://www.ottosshrunkenhead.com/) 4-6pm *Rew & WhO?* (http://www.rewandwho.com/) ‘riZing starz & living legendz’  15 minutes of fame interviews watch LiVe… http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rew-who

Thursday May 12, 2011 Roxy & Dukes Rockabilly Roadhouse http://www.roxyanddukes.com/ 745 Bound Brook Rd Dunnellen, NJ 21+ and doors at 8:30 pm w/ Daikaiju (http://www.daikaiju.org/)

Friday May 13, 2011 Cafe Nine (http://www.cafenine.com/) 250 State Street New Haven , CT 21+ and doors at 8:30 pm
w/ the North Shore Troubadours (http://www.myspace.com/nstroubadours)

Saturday May 14, 2011 Charles Ave Cafe (http://www.charlesavecafe.com/) Marbles Mahoney Presents: The Happening 120 Woodbury Rd. Hicksville NY Doors $5, 21+ w/ Strange But Surf (http://www.myspace.com/strangebutsurf)

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Hicksville Train station for you city folk. Always the second Saturday of the month…. it’s a happenin’ scene!

We are getting excited for a Russian Invasion and I know you are too. If you have show, a stage, a venue and you would like to welcome The Vivisectors to your ‘burg please holla at yer girl at deb@bluestingraye.com and let’s do some surfin’, gulag-style! More details as we get them.

Hi All,

Last Sunday from 2 – 5 pm family & friends gathered at Babbs Skating Rink and Beach in Suffield, CT to enjoy a afternoon of music from SPF-4 while also supporting the Babbs Skating Renovation Project. If you don’t know about Babbs, that’s okay, here’s a chance to learn: http://www.babbsrink.org/
   

SPF-4 played on a stage located at the top of a small cliff overlooking Lake Congamond below. As they played the boats gathered at waters edge to enjoy the sounds of surf and reverb. Is been a while since I’ve seen SPF-4 and they were as tight as ever. Behind the band, cars rolled in and locals with lawn chairs came out hear the band and stayed to donate their hard earned money to renovation project. Here are a handful pictures of SPF-4 and Babbs Skating Rink by Ted Theodore:
   

Here’s where you come in:

The committee overseeing the project would like to continue the music series through October. If you would care to donate your band and your time you will be compensated in beverages and the un-dieing gratitude of an all volunteer staff. The project organizers have begun to get sponsorship from local businesses and hope to be able to pay bands in the future, but for now this is an all volunteer project. If you would like to be part of saving history please contact me and let me know of your availability for a Sunday afternoon gig by the water.

Deb Noble
Blue Stingraye Productions

spf4-028This past Wednesday night I did something I rarely do anymore. I went out to a show on a school night! But this was a very special show, SPF-4 and Dai Kaiju at the Iron Horse in Northampton (NoHo as the locals call it). The Iron Horse has doubled in size since it’s beginning, but is quite an intimate venue with tables that press up against a good size stage. Being able to grab a front table makes you almost feel as though you are part of the performance as well, without actually getting in the way.

This was an early show with SPF-4 opening up the night shortly after 7 pm. What can I say about SPF-4 that I haven’t said before? This band is one of the few that has never had a line up change (hope I don’t jinx them) and it shows. They are tight, fun and feed off each others playing with an ease that comes only with time.  The band broke out a couple of tunes I hadn’t hear before like “Dano Island”, a tribute to Dano Clam. “The Bitter End” is a melancholy melody reminiscent of more than one relationship gone bad, but with a really good soundtrack. They closed with “Sea Sick”, very powerful metal surf song which was a good segway to Dai Kaiju. FYI, SPF-4 has a new CD that you should grab PDQ before they are gone and you are SOL.
Dai Kaiju was un-freakin’-believable. They are Kabuki Instro-Metal, a true theatrical performance from beginning to end. The musician get into character and attain an anonymity through the use of masks and face painting. daikaiju-001The guitar player, Secret Asian Man, makes love to the audience with every power chord and thrust of his guitar. The beating of two drummers and the pounding bass line grab your attention in a way the makes you gaze in amazement while being totally blown away by the music. One of the highlights  was “The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls” which starts slow and dreamy, Zappa-like, building to a divine wail and right into the next song. The band closes the show with the same, albiet destructive, power that they open with, drums and notes flying about the stage.

Dai Kaiju  has had a gig almost every month for two months straight. One of the hardest working surf bands, actually any band, on the indie music scene today.

Enjoy the photos and the video by Ted Theodore. A fine new addition to Blues Reviews.

SPF4 Photos
SPF4 – The Bitter End Video
Daikaiju photos
Daikaiju – The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls Video

Aloha, my lovelies! I remain your Blue StingRaye
Blue Stingraye Productions