The Independents, The McGunks, The Pathetics, After the Blackout

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Music / Singing - Performance

Date & Time: Sunday, December 10, 2017
7:00 PM-1:00 AM

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult, Elders
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The Cove Music Hall
89 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604-4134
Cost: $13 advance/$18 door
Description: THE INDEPENDENTS are celebrating 25 years of touring!


Formerly managed and produced by the late, great JOEY RAMONE, THE INDEPENDENTS have performed almost non-stop, touring with bands such as THE RAMONES, MISFITS, VOODOO GLOW SKULLS, CHEAP TRICK and THE QUEERS; just to name a few. The Recipe: 1 part Ramones, 1 part punk, 1 part ska, and a whole lot of Elvis. This is one band that truly has mastered the horror-punk sound. The Independents are ska-punk bliss. They've captured the horror punk sound so completely, not only have they installed that style to their music but have changed it around and given it a fresh sound mixing in Ska beats and Ramones-ish pop to it.

Formed in early 1992 by Evil Presly and Willy B, The Independents was born out of the frustration of music being stereotyped and just plain boring. Willy B and Evil both loved all types of music, from Conway Twitty to Iron Maiden, the Ramones to Etta James, and The Specials to The Ohio Players. Both loved horror and sci-fi movies and wanted to find some way to include it in their music. Evil started writing lyrics that told horror tales while Willy B kept the guitar in one hand and gave the entire world the finger with the other. Their only goal is playing the music they want, when, where, and how they want.

After a few years, the guys had gathered a good following from coast to coast through rough demos. It was during this time that Evil met and befriended the bass player for the legendary Ramones, CJ Ramone. CJ got The Independents on a few opening dates of the Ramones' Acid Eaters tour. While driving to their first show with The Independents, Joey Ramone listened to some of The Independents' demos given to him by CJ. He really dug what he heard and upon arrival at the venue, demanded that CJ introduce him to the band. After the tour, Joey made an offer the guys could not refuse. He told them he wanted to manage the band which he did from 1995 till his passing in 2001.

The Independents have done numerous North American and European tours.
They have toured as main support for such bands as the Ramones, Misfits, Rancid, Cheap Trick, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, Blondie, etc., to headlining their own tours. The Independents have also played many festivals including the Warped Tour, South by Southwest, CMJ, and the Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin. They have also played at countless sci-fi/horror conventions and tattoo conventions. These ghouls, who put the 'fun' back in funeral, have been known to tour up to ten months a year with their unique, highly energetic, party-esque, horror-influenced music. Their hard touring schedule only leaves them wanting to destroy more.

The Independents released their first album 'In For The Kill' in 1995 on the indie label Rock Duster Records. It was followed by the 'Stalker' EP CD and 10" picture disc on Elevator Music in 1997. The self-titled, 'The Independents' EP, was released on Hellcat/Epitaph label in 1998. 'The Unholy Living Dead' EP, produced by legendary producer Daniel Rey and Joey Ramone, was released in 1999. The Independents released 'Back From The Grave' in 2001, which was also produced by the diabolical duo Daniel Rey and Joey Ramone on Suki Records shortly before Joey's untimely passing. The limited edition 'Back From The Grave' picture disc was released by Jump Up Records in 2002. 'Live From Murder Beach', The Independents first live album was released in 2003. Fast Music released the 'Full Moon Arise' EP in 2004. The Independents bestselling record to date 'Eternal Bond' was released in 2006, followed by 'The Early Years 1993-97 Demos' in 2007. 'Do It Again', was released in October 2008 and Ho Ho Ho, What a Party, the Christmas EP in 2013. On March 2014, The Independents released 'Into the Light', which is produced by Brian Mckenzie and mastered by Grammy award winner, Brad Blackwood. 'Into The Light' revealed a deeper, darker, and more personal side of The Independents.

The Independents have many songs on movie soundtracks such as 'Hardcore Logo', 'Babydoll', '100 Tears', 'Anal Paprika', and countless other films including some Trauma movies. They have also appeared in the mystery horror spoof film 'Final Rinse' and 'Undead on Arrival'. The Independents have been on numerous compilations, including the 1994 release 'Misfits of Ska with such bands as Less Than Jake and Sublime; a 2000 Cornerstone Music release which also includes The Cure, Tom Jones, and Smashing Pumpkins; the RAMONES: THE FAMILY TREE 2008 compilation with members of The Ramones, Lux Interior, Lemmy, Cherie Currie, Wayne Kramer; and also a fan favorite, 'The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show' on Spring Man Records with Me First, The Gimmie Gimmies, and Alkaline Trio; 'Hymns from the House of Horror' 2010 was downloaded more than 80,000 times in the first three months of its release. The Independents are also featured on the Rancid tribute record 'Hooligans United' on Smelvise/Hellcat Records.
(For a full list of their discography, please view the photo section of The Independents Facebook page.)

Upcoming for 2017, The Independents are back in good company with The Damned, Iggy Pop, Reel Big Fish on Cleopatra Records' Halloween compilation featuring a new song titled "Isabella" due out in October. The Independents also plan to release a new Christmas 7" vinyl on Snubbed Records this December, with a 'Greatest Hits' release and box set in the works.

Now it's time for the guys to do what they do best: play the music they want, when, where, and how they want around the world.

For more information, mp3's, and upcoming tour dates please check out:

The Pathetics
The Pathetics formed in the summer of 1996 by Dave Strandberg, vocals & guitar, and Rich Lorion, vocals and bass. What began as an outlet for writing catchy and twisted punk songs, soon became a full band with the addition of drummer Chris Arundel. The first of many successful live shows was held at the legendary Sir Morgans Cove in December of 1997. The bands first CD "Not Quite Right" was released in 1999 to very positive reviews-"Not Quite Right is a gem, a collection of a dozen stellar songs that remind you why punk mattered in the first place." -Joe Gagne, The Worcester Pheonix. The Pathetics have been featured on local compilations as well as the Amp Records, Tromaville collaboration- Amp Records Has A Hard-on For, with 100 of the top punk bands from around the world. For the second disc, Tastes Like Chicken, Rich Scales was brought in on drums, and honorary pathetic and gifted producer, Jim Bain became a permenant member on guitar. After the release of Chicken, Dirty Walter took over on drums and the band contiued its live assault on stage where they're most comfortable, playing with all of the top local acts as well as touring bands such as: the Fleshtones, Real Kids, Gimmicks, Forty-Fives, Manges, Swinging Neckbreakers and more. And now the Pathetics are back with Jeff Staltare on drums, new songs, a CD in the works, and the best live show yet, so we'll see you in the clubs!

The McGunks
McGunks music is about living in New England, or the East Coast; in the barrooms, in the dirty cities, in the brutal weather both outside yourself and in. No fuckin palm trees of Malibu or Florida here, no cornfields of Iowa or Nebraska either. Youll hear none of that in the music here. But if youve been in a city and a city barroom, whether its Boston, Providence, New York City or Portland Maine; this music should say a lot to you.

The McGunks call themselves Drunk Punk and its a good description. Id say they sound like early Clash, a bit of Social Distortion, and a whole heaping scoop of Irish tinged sing along Boston/New England punk. With song titles like Three More Beers, Working on Another Hangover, One for the Booze, and Cant Drink Here No More, you might (hiccup) catch their drift. I think a big reason, besides the good songs, that theyre so good live is that they always exude a huge amount of energy. Not the fastest band, they never reach hardcore speed, but theyre always bristling with energy that translates into a fun, lively show. One thing about this band, is no matter how jubilant and upbeat the music, the lyrics spin a bit more realistic, pessimistic take on things. Welcome to East Coast way of thought and living folks.

This is a hard working band who plays out frequently. Me, I cant listen to this without picturing the moshing, the PBRs raised high, the smiles and laughter, sweat flying, the insanity flowing from the stage through the crowd to the bar back where Im usually sitting.

This biography was written by Jim Slimedog of Thrash N Bang (, go visit the website for more information and interviews on The McGunks and other cool bands from the Boston, MA area.

After The Blackout
After the Blackout is a punk rock band from Boston, MA. The band consists of: Mike Derusha (drums, vocals), Walter Labree (guitar, vocals), Evan Desmarais (guitar), and Justin Leduc (bass, vocals). Formed late in 2014, After the Blackout is considered to be one of the most influential and important punk bands of the current era.
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