Posts Tagged ‘reunion’

Party like it’s 1978: The Debs reunite for one night only

July 29, 2009
The Debs

The Debs

All-girl rock bands are something of a rarity, though it’s not an idea without some history. Locally we most recently had The Faceshots to hold up as the scene’s resident feminine punksters, but it turns out the band has a foremother in Springfield. In the late ’70s The Debs produced their own take on the poppy, more fun punk style popularized at the time by The Ramones (though apparently swapping the early rock ‘n’ roll influences for more of a mid-’60s girl group overtone) and toured throughout the Midwest at its peak before disbanding. The band sounded like a reflection of its time, slightly nostalgic and fun-loving and appropriately garage-band low-fi without any of the aggression that would become associated with punk with the rise of hardcore.

The local music climate seems right for a reunion, however, with other bands of the era such as Fools Face and The Dog People playing to packed crowds this past winter after some time off.  Now The Debs are back with a show at The Outland Ballroom August 15 to relive old times and give present-day music fans the chance to see how it was done before they came along. Are the late ’70s/early ’80s back in local music?

One Violet Green and Labwrk reunion set for July 31

July 7, 2009

Reunion shows have been a popular idea lately, and there are no shortage of people in Springfield who attended the reuniting bands’ early shows and are grateful for another chance. For fans of local electro-goth group One Violet Green and its offshoot, Labwrk, just such an opportunity is coming. The groups will both get back together for a concert the night of July 31 at The High Life Live Martini Lounge. Taking advantage of the opportunity to play with popular local acts in their style of music, sister groups STRIP and the recently formed VideoVamp will serve as the opening acts. Slightly maladjusted, synth-heavy rocking in front of a large audience will ensue. It begs the question: If these groups are able to put past issues in the past, who else could be coaxed back onto a local stage?!

The Show Report, 6/27: UNITY!

June 27, 2009

Tonight is the night the Springfield Music Scene brings together a wide variety of genres under one roof (Remmington’s Downtown) for the sake of, well, just showing it can be done. Roots Of Mankind, Queen City Saints,  Jam Room, The Spacetones, Falcon Punch, We Voyagers and Only the Brave will all grace the stage tonight, with an added plus: The show also marks the release party for Roots Of Mankind’s new album, Pangaea. While we can’t definitively say a show such as this has never happened before, we can say having this many music styles (as many as six, by our count) under one roof for one show has never happened in our memory. Watch for a gi-normous crowd–hopefully staying through the whole show–and a positive, even festive mood throughout the room.

Ah, but if you’re like us, you like to travel around a bit. Well, have we got a lineup for you:


Official: The Republic Tigers booked to play Fern reunion show @ Randy Bacon

May 15, 2009

RepublicTigersWe were promised more developments regarding Fern‘s big reunion concert at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery, and now we have it. Fern, one of the Springfield Music Scene’s most promising bands in the middle and late ’90s, is paired with another band with similar promise, not to mention ties to Springfield: The Republic Tigers, who played South By Southwest this spring and who are made up partly of members of former local group The Golden Republic. (And who, in case you were wondering, are named after the Republic (MO) High School mascot.) The Republic Tigers now call Kansas City home, but the band apparently hasn’t forgotten its roots and will be back to share a homecoming with Fern July 25. Randy Bacon Gallery Sounds coordinator Justin Woods tells us to watch for tickets to go on sale in a couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

Official: Fern reunites at Randy Bacon Gallery in July

May 13, 2009
The Way We Were: Fern playing The Attic in the mid-90s. Note the wall mural with the intentionally misspelled name.

The Way We Were: Fern playing The Attic (now The Outland Ballroom) in the mid-90s. Note the (we're guessing intentionally) misspelled wall mural.

We’re going back to the future for this announcement. There was a time–the late ’90s, to be exact–when Fern was The Springfield Band to Watch. Formed in 1995, the band was opening for hot up-and-comers such as The Goo Goo Dolls by 1999 and sharing festival stages with the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, Our Lady Peace and more by the following year. When drummer Jay Sandidge left in November 2002, the group laid low while trying to find a replacement. That was the last we heard until it reemerged as Rabbit Fighter a few years later, but before we could even get used to a new name it disappeared again. There was talk of re-forming the band a little more than a year ago, but nothing seemed to come to fruition until now. Word just came in from Randy Bacon Gallery Sounds coordinator Justin Woods that the group will play a reunion show at the gallery and photo studio July 25. Woods says he expects to have tickets on sale in early June. We hope to have more details for you in the near future.

The Sociables are back! August 22 at Patton Alley Pub

April 29, 2009

sociables1Word just came today from Sociables keyboardist Daniel Maple that the rap-funk power outfit will get back together August 22 for its first show since splitting up–er, going on hiatus–last November. The show will feature the band’s full lineup and will happen at Patton Alley Pub. We remember hearing when the group originally took its break that there may be some reunion shows here and there in the future; consider this the first of such shows, perhaps. Regardless of the reason or circumstance, it’s good to see one of Springfield’s more unusual and musically proficient acts coming back to a local stage. We just hope Reunion Show #2 isn’t another nine months after the first one.

Los Bastardos reunites at The High Life Live May 8

April 16, 2009

los-bastardosWith former bassist Brian Adams coming back to town with a gig booked May 9 at Patton Alley Pub (see the post immediately below this one for more), it made sense to check in on Adams’ old Primus impersonation group, Los Bastardos, to see if there was any activity there. Indeed, there is: The band is planning a reunion show May 8 at The High Life Live Martini Lounge. It’s been almost three years since the band–Adams on bass, Tobias Heselton on guitar and John Anderson on drums–performed together. Expect a huge crowd for this one, as the boys were quite popular when shows were more regular and more possible.

So, with all this homecoming/reunion talk, we can’t help but thinking… Adams and Anderson are also former members of Barefoot Revolution… could another band reunion be on the way?

The Dog People, explained

December 10, 2008

When we said, "Dog People," that wasn't what we had in mind.

When we said, "Dog People," that wasn't what we had in mind.

It occurred to us with all the talk of long-lost Springfield bands reuniting that some of the readers may not know who these groups are. Well, we’re betting people in the Springfield music community have at least a vague idea who Fools Face is (or can still see video of them at their peak), so we thought in this case we would concentrate on the more forgotten fave: The Dog People. Luckily, we bumped into Alan Pierson (formerly of the Crabapples), who supplied us with a breakdown of all the information relevant to the band. If you’ve never heard (or heard of) the group, you may find it instructional. It follows after the break.


The Ladykillers break up

August 5, 2008

We were researching another post entirely and came across this saddening news: After seven years of service to the Springfield Music Scene, The Ladykillers are no more. No official announcement as to why, just a date of passing on the band’s MySpace page: July 19. Some members of the band, past and present, will reunite with their previous group, The Filthy Thirds, for a reunion show for that band’s original lineup Thursday night at 9:30. Beyond, that, however, we await news on the next step. We can only hope there is one.