The Fleshtones w/ Dot Dash

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The Fleshtones w/ Dot Dash

Sat Aug 29 8pm
$15, $12 mbrs. DOOR: $18, $15 mbrs.

Since 1976, THE FLESHTONES have been blending Rock & Roll and R&B, serving it across the globe with smiles, attitude, and sweat, and calling it SUPER ROCK! This garage rock institution formed in 1976 in Queens, New York with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer aimed to return rock & roll to the simplicity and unselfconsciousness of the '50s and early '60s. (The group was often joined on-stage and in the studio by sax player Gordon Spaeth, who passed away on in 2005.) The group fit nicely into New York's punk and new wave scene, taking part in the punk rock revolution of the mid­-70s at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City.  An early single, "American Beat," attracted the attention of independent label Red Star and, in time, IRS. The group's debut EP, Up-Front, was released in 1980 and was followed by its first full-length album, Roman Gods. They appeared at the First International New Wave Festival (M­80 at Minneapolis Walker Arts Center, 1979), and appeared on Andy Warhol’s last TV show, along with Sir Ian McClellan.

May of 2006 marked the Fleshtones' 30th anniversary as the only band from the mid-70s New York City Punk/New Wave scene that hasn't had an inactive year. In that time they've amassed an incredible history--they shared a practice space with the Cramps in the ‘70s, they shared a label (IRS) with R.E.M. in the ‘80s, and the likes of Steve Albini and Peter Buck have produced them. They've opened for James Brown and Chuck Berry, and played at the same summer festivals as Iggy Pop. They've thrilled audiences from coast to coast and have a hundred and one connections to some of the biggest names in rock & roll history, and yet you've probably never heard of them.

Now is the time to change that.

Washington, D.C.'s punky power pop act guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett gathered together a cast of highly pedigreed area players to form Dot Dash. Enlisting Danny Ingram on drums (formerly of projects as varied as teenage hardcore upstarts Youth Brigade), and Bill Crandall (formerly with the mod/pop band Modest Proposal) on guitar, the band began working on songs and playing sporadically around the D.C. area in the summer of 2010. The band took its name from a Wire song, but rather than leaning toward Wire's jagged, art-damaged punk, Dot Dash bore more similarities to the jangly, mod-inflected sounds of unofficial ringleader Terry Banks' former groups Glo-Worm and the Saturday People. 


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