- The amazingly animated Animo: Denvers Warped Tour vets play the Triple Nickel Friday.
Well kids, this is my last "Reverb" submission. At least, my last as the young, idealistic and unconscionably handsome, young (did I already say that!?) man that you all have come to know and love. And once you all stop laughing, I will elucidate which reminds me of a story about some local hard rockers called Lucid who are planning to rip it up at Union Station, along with Step to Every Pit, Nuk-L-Hed, Another Shade of Hate, The Shift Below and Of David, on Saturday, March 14. ... Oh man, I'm rambling as incoherently as the guys from my whittling club!
As I was saying, the years are piling high, like heavy stones in my dusty knapsack, slowly breaking me down into the old, heartless and bitter man you see today. OK, that may be a bit dramatic. Thirty isn't that old, but for a "live fast, die young, leave a pretty corpse" kind of guy such as myself, well, in my head I should have died long ago. Thankfully, I have my whittling to get me through this, the winter of my youth, and I will always have punk rock to keep me young at heart.
And speaking of punk rock, the five-year Warped Tour veterans in Animo will pull their well-traveled van in front of the Triple Nickel Tavern for a free show this Friday, March 13. The Denver-based power quartet will then unload its equipment, set up said equipment, grab a delicious bite, drink some refreshing beer (PBR, I presume), hit the "head," and, after a brief teaser from local acoustic prog-folkers Negative 2, instigate one of the catchiest sets of high-energy pop punk since AFI told you to "Answer That and Stay Fashionable."
And although they're carrying as much mainstream credibility as I am kidney stones (with songs in American Pie Presents: Band Camp and on MTV, a Gibson guitar sponsorship, rollingstone.com's featured artist designation, etc.), the guys are managed by my friend and former member of the CUMS club (the Colorado University Music Supporters, duh), of which I was president. And that, quite simply, is all the "street cred" they need for me.
While I'm on the subject of "street cred," I should mention that Tumbledown, the new country and/or western and/or rockabilly project from former MXPXer Mike Herrera, will play its only Colorado show, also at the Triple Nickel, this Sunday, March 15. Please, though, don't let the MXPX thing scare you off Tumbledown is actually quite good, and will be joined by the equally credible Simon & Go Fuck Yourself, Andrew Anderson and R.J. Fletcher. Plus, if you're there at midnight, when it becomes March 16, you can see if I turn in to a pumpkin!
If so, roll my gourd ass down to the Black Sheep on Tuesday, March 17, and we will blow my melon with an explosive set of leather-jacket punk from Teenage Bottlerocket, the freshly minted Fat Wreck Chords band and current torch-bearer of that Ramones-y, Screeching Weasel-y brand of pop punk the kids all love so much. And besides, it'll be hard to feel old when my hometown childhood punk rock heroes, the Nobodys, as well as my hometown adulthood punk rock heroes, the Nicotine Fits, are also on the bill.
Well, young whippersnappers, there you have it. I'll smell you later. Smell you later? What does that even mean?!? I tell you ... kids these days ...