So last week, when I said The Right Aways weren't going to be a ska band anymore, I was fairly certain I was spreading a bogus rumor.
(How's that for responsible journalism!?!)
You know how these things start: Someone hears something, tells a friend, it gets posted on the Interweb, and before you know it, Ian MacKaye is killed in a hit-and-run in front of a strip club in Pensacola, Fla.
Now, The Right Aways go back nearly a decade as bonafide ska-core kings (though they were known for the first couple years as the Ghetto Cherubs). For them to no longer be skankin' it up made about as much sense, to me, as Dave and Doug Mansfield starting separate projects.
Well, apparently this time the rumor is true. On a self-proclaimed "mission to live like they still care" statement, the band says it is no longer claiming its crown as SoCo ska-core royalty. In fact, like Joseph Lieberman tossing out the Dems and running for it all Independent style, the band is putting down its horns, backing down off the up beats, and breaking through the glass ceiling that inevitably comes with being a ska band.
According to the "totally official" band statement: "As it stands right now the four of us don't know what kind of band we are, but we're okay with that. What we do know is that there is a lot of work that awaits us as we rearrange some of the old songs, as well as write new ones."
As a huge fan of anything reggae- and dub-inspired (but way too far beyond puberty to get down with an evening full of blaring brass and wind instruments), I look forward to seeing what the future holds for these fine gentlemen. Keep in touch with them at myspace.com/therightaways.
Now, it's always hard to write about a band with a lot of "qualifiers" (or modifiers, if you prefer) in its name. Well, the new local metal band, White Noise Conspiracy, is totally screwing me up. Is it "White Noise" Conspiracy, like some devious and evil static noise scheme? Or is it "White" Noise Conspiracy, la FOX News? Regardless, the band, whose all-star lineup features members of Hessian legends Last Supper, Sanctum AZ, Ass Out and Firebase:Hell, rides a bolt of lightning-hot metal that includes all the necessary prefixes: speed, power, thrash, death and heavy. Definitely heavy so heavy, in fact, that despite its debut release still being in production mode (it should hit the shelves in time for Christmas), the band will be featured in the December issue of Metal Monthly online magazine. Damn, that's heavy ... Keep tabs at myspace.com/thewhitenoiseconspiracy.
And while I am on the subject of semantic band name issues: Sanguine Addiction, whose name can mean either "cheerfully optimistic" or "covered in blood," is throwing Taskforce 729 A Show for the Troops on Friday, Nov. 16, at Union Station. I am thinking "cheerfully optimistic" is the way to go on this one!
Or, if you want, you can catch a night of punk rock with The Boxsleeves, Stab Crew, Monster and 3 Grams Over An Ounce at The Black Sheep that same evening.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have wicked bad STD (stuff to do) and must get going. Smell you all on the flip-flop!
Keep Adam in disbelief by sending band photos, demos and show info to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.