Great Pain Teens, Ed Hall, Crust show!
So I went over to Emo's East for my first visit last night (it's in the spot the Back Room used to be in, off east Riverside Drive) and checked out the Trance Syndicate record label reunion show. Was not disappointed!
* old-school cigarette vending machine (appeared operational!)
* running into old college buddy I haven't seen in 18 years, who had gone with me to see Ed Hall more than 18 years ago at Liberty Lunch
* seeing Crust still has great theatrics (including some sermonizing/preaching, lead singer disrobing from 3-piece suit to reveal dress slip and diaper, throwing of many pieces of sliced bread into the audience, female band member in sexy-nurse outfit removing big blond wig to reveal shaved head)
* Ed Hall in black-light glowing body paint knocking out a rocking set (there was a pit of old, white dudes with bald spots by the last few songs of the set, I sh*t you not!)
* getting to see the Pain Teens, who I've never caught live
* buying a HUGE Frank Kozik poster print for this show, a Pain Teens t-shirt, and Crust bumper sticker for a total of $35 (WOW!!!)
* getting a chance to run into King Coffee, Trance Syndicate founder and drummer for the Butthole Surfers (last time I talked with him was a Crust, Ed Hall, and Drain show at Liberty Lunch many moons ago)
My minor nits to pick would be that Ed Hall could've sounded louder, could have played more material off Albert and Love Poke Here (I was REALLY hoping they'd close with Pay for Me), and some of Reading sounded a tad slow, but that may have been just me. If it seems like I'm picking on EH, I'm not, they were part of the first concert I went to, and I was just REALLY excited to see them again!!!
Anyway, was a great time!!! Emos has a few pics via Instagram up on their twitter feed:
Oh, and if *anyone* knows the Pain Teens song which uses a sample from Strawberry Fields Forever looped in the background continuously ("Nothing is real..."), please let me know which song it is, it was GREAT!!!