Sound and the Fury
#3 dinner party
For the fouth installment of Casbeers' Healthy Music Experiment, the club will be offering a characteristically inspired bill. The Healthy Music Experiment began in April, with the idea of advancing the cause of health care for musicians by bringing together two wildly disparate - but somehow compatible - artists for a monthly throwdown.
The July showcase features satiric roots-rock veterans Los #3 Dinners, a band whose history in SA extends back 25 years to its infancy under the name Los #2 Dinners (a group that Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes recently lauded as one of the few truly original bands he recalls from his stint on the local scene in the early '80s). They'll be joined by Geronimo Trevino III, a singer bringing a Latino flavor to vintage honky-tonk country. The Healthy Music Experiment show is scheduled for Thursday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m.
The Dallas quartet Hagfish is one of those bands that had a vision from its inception. The joke behind the black-suited group's 1990s neo-punk shtick was simple: that you could play fast, raunchy, buzzsaw anthems and browbeat your crowd with all manner of arrogant obnoxiousness, and still look suave doing it.
The band's idiosyncratic interpretation of punk ethos was that you hit the stage with an audacious swagger that told the audience they were incredibly fortunate to be in your presence, and that mindset extended to everything Hagfish did. Consider that these guys titled their 1995 London Records debut album, Hagfish Rocks Your Lame Ass. If Don Rickles had been born in Dallas in the '70s, he would have begged to audition for this band.
After a fallow period, the group reemerged last year with a vengeance, and age has done little to soften their three-chord attack. Like the sea creature that provided them with their moniker, they're loathsome vultures who are apt to slime you if you get too close. But let's not dwell too long on their positive attributes.
Hagfish will be at Sanctuary (formerly Communion) on Sunday, July 11.
In last week's S&F, an item about Communion's recent name change to Sanctuary incorrectly stated that the club's talent booker Angel Castorena brought such bands as Yellowcard, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Sparta to Communion. In fact, Castorena booked those bands for Sin 13 during his stint there from 2002 until January of this year. S&F apologizes for the error.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia