Sunday, August 1, 2010

Same as it Ever Was: Scenes and sounds from the Antenna Club Reunion and Delta Girls Rock Camp

Posted By on Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

My weekend was bookended by blasts (of static) from the past at The Antenna Club Reunion, and glimpses of the future at Saturday night's showcase for Delta Girls Rock camp.

Remembering Friday night is like trying to remember a fever dream. The Antenna Club banner was hanging on the eastern wall of Nocturnal like it had never gone away. Dave Shouse of The Grifters was standing in front of it singing "Bronze Cast" like he'd never gone away. Greg Cartwright was outside on the sidewalk where all the smokers had gathered, waiting in nearly unendurable heat for his turn to rip the place apart. It was 1993 all over again only much, much hotter.

Scott Taylor of The Grifters performs "Parting Shot" with The New Mary Jane

Dave Shouse of The Grifters performs "Bronze Cast" with The New Mary Jane

Impala at The Hi-Tone, where the lack of air conditioning brought back memories of Summers at the Antenna Club

Neighborhood Texture Jam made with the pyro.

I didn't make it back for Saturday night's continuation of the Antenna reunion. Instead I took a trip to Miss Hutchison's School for Girls to see what kind of sound was coming out of Delta Girls Rock, a camp for teenage girls who want to play rock and roll. Every year DGRC closes with a concert played by bands that have only been together for a week featuring players who may have never picked up a guitar before. It can be a little rough around the edges but it's always full of surprises. "Chocolate Bunnies," an original song created by Kate Crowder's keyboard class, is one of those surprises. The first verse is a little hard to hear but stick with these developing rockers for a bit and you'll hear a really fun song with Crowder's fingerprints all over it.

The night's most polished bands were The Royal Foolz, singing about Memphis...

And World as Normal ranting about the voices in their heads.

What Lost Boulevard lacked in polish they made up for in ambition. "Remember the Ashes," is a rootsy wannabe anthem that winks knowingly at bad girl bands of the 1960's. After "Chocolate Bunnies" this was probably my second favorite performance of the night.

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