Are The Replacements too old school for new school punks? Mates of State tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:43 pm November 16, 2011

by Tim McMahan,

Well, well, well… Looks like Matt Whipkey’s old band, Anonymous American, has taken the Slowdown / Replacements challenge and will be among those performing after the screening of Color Me Obsessed… at The Slowdown Nov. 30 (See yesterday’s blog entry for band search details). Whipkey, Wayne Brekke and the rest of the band are a perfect fit for this showcase.

There’s room for more.

I was thinking it would be cool to see one of the young, dirty O’Leaver’s punk bands also play this gig, say, a Rainy Road, Doom Town or Grotto Records band. After all, their take-it-to-the-edge no-bullshit garage aesthetic is in synch with The Replacements’ early days of punk excess.

But then it dawned on me that those guys may not have even heard of The Replacements. The band’s heyday was between ’81 and ’84 — that’s 30 years ago, folks — and they technically broke up in ’91. So while songs like “Fuck School” and “Dope Smokin’ Moron” off Stink or “Hangin’ Downtown” and “More Cigarettes” off Sorry Ma, I Forgot to Take Out the Trash would fit nicely in the current-day garage punk milieu, they could also be viewed as “old people’s music.” Let’s hope not. For those of you who were around in the ’80s, what did you think of music from 30 years prior to that time, music from the ’50s? Say no more…

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Mates of State have a new album out called Mountaintops (Barsuk) that is a right turn from the calliope keyboard sound that I remember from their Polyvinyl days. When I interviewed the band in 2002 (the story is still online here), their two-piece keyboards-and-drums approach was rather innovative, if not grating taken in large doses — you could only stand so much of that whirling organ. These days their sound, especially on this new record, is more fleshed out and approachable. When they played on Letterman in early October (watch it here), the duo was backed by a couple more musicians. Who will they have in tow tonight when they play The Waiting Room with The Generationals? Find out. $13, 9 p.m.

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    Comment by Dave — November 16, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  • Replacements too old? Nah.
    More like too real / not pretty enough.
    Which is unfortunate.
    I dont’ know that most people in their 20’s right now appreciate the ethic of the 80’s DIY scene (no, not the new wave b.s) as much as they should.

    Comment by dane — November 16, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  • Look for Witness Tree to join Anonymous American for this little get together.

    We’re not an O’Leaver’s punk band (although we’ve played there) but we’re old & grisly & drunk… So.. why not? 🙂

    Comment by Alan — November 17, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

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