The Borg Ward Third Anniversary w/ Eine Kleine Chinmuzik and Bzybodies
Despite the anniversary, Friday night bill felt pretty much like any other night at the Borg Ward, save for a slightly expanded crowd and the hot dogs on the grill out back.
The night kicked off (or more precisely, ambled to a start) with a short but, by all accounts, potent set by local noise act Mildew. Its impressive what some people can do with a few cassette players and some effects pedals.Â
Wabeno Rock Farm followed with an agreeably sloppy set of over-driven, self-deprecating punk. Thereâ€™s a marked influence of The Fall here (whether intentional or coincidental) and they sound just as good on Dracula School of Paper, the recording given to me, unsolicited and for free, after their set.
Next up was Owlscry, a rather by-the-numbers metal band with an impressive drummer and a lead singer with a Danzig fixation. It suddenly became clear what all those nice looking fellows in black t-shirts had been waiting around for.
Bzybodies, whom I have written about favorably before, came out tonight with an entirely new set of great songs, despite the fact that the old ones were serving them just fine.
Eine Kleine Chinmuzik capped off the night. Thereâ€™s no doubt that theyâ€™re a bunch of tight and talented musicians, but their brand of pop-punk seemed anachronistic when I was growing up (yikes).
As a whole the night seemed to bring the venueâ€™s diverse appeal to the forefront and not ask for much more. Each band brought a different clientele, which seemed to belong to a different show entirely, but was nevertheless willing to indulge itself outside of its comfort zone. Whether the next three years will be as eclectic, or as absorbing, remains to be seen.