It was a night to remember across the bay on Saturday night -- no, really, it was. You may not have realized it, but John Patrick's (yes, the dive bar) in Alameda was the place to be, with three excellent west coast bands — Fangs on Fur, Roadside Memorial, and Crimson Scarlet — playing well into the night.
It was a gothy, punky vibe: fog machines, candles, glowing skulls, ripped tights, eyeliner. Interstitial music ranged from Fields of the Nephilim to Bauhaus to songs obscure enough to repeatedly bring Shazam up empty. The music was excellent, again ranging from a dark gothy sound (SF locals Roadside Memorial), to animalistic, aggressive dark punk (Los Angeles-based Fangs on Fur), to the opener Crimson Scarlet, a mixture of the two.
It was the kind of night that left you out, inexplicably, until 3am, when you really don't do that kind of thing anymore. It was the kind of night that left you outside, deeply breathing in the last air of summer, wishing the show could go all night. Who knew you could find such a great experience in Alameda? If this kind of music is your thing, stay tuned, because next Sunday (September 29th) there is a free show you should check out at the Fireside Lounge. For more information on this upcoming show, please click here.
For now, enjoy the photo gallery from last night's show! For a full gallery (on Flickr), please click here.