Thursday, October 15, 2009
Dukes of Burl
When I was 18 or 19 ('90-'91 ish) I went up to Olympia and Seattle. In Olympia I saw an amazing show at the Capital Theater of Unwound/Giant Henry, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Kicking Giant and a great garage-mod-surf band called "Dukes of Burl".
After the show I wanted a tape, so the bass player took me back to his pad (or place he was staying I can't remember) and dubbed me their demo (over a "James Gang" tape I had recently got at a record store "grab bag").
That bass player was John Quitty who was also in Honey Bear, Brent's TV, Tight Bros From Way Back When, Behead the Prophet, and did Hession Obsession zine. Also in the band was future Hi-Fives members John Denery and Chris Imlay, and drummer Greg).
When I got back home I decided I wanted to move to Olympia; literally everyone was cool as hell and welcoming. I met punks and skaters who also loved black coffee, and saw Melvins graffiti on alley walls. I got an issue of "Pulp" fanzine and it instantly became my new favorite zine. I never did move, and a couple years later Olympia was the "new place to be" and I heard the locals were less friendly to "outsiders". Understandably so. Thanks "Sassy".
I still kept this demo and the sticker I got at the show...and the Pulp fanzine. I also tattooed the K records logo on myself when I got home. What an impressionable youth I was, eh?
Anywho, fans of Hi-Fives, Phantom Surfers, Odd Numbers, monster movies, Groovie Ghoulies, POTA marathons, Buzzcocks, the Jam or just watching Ray Harryhausen films on a Sunday afternoon...check it out!