We had a great time at Will’s Pub in Orlando last night, playing J’s acoustic set. Thanks to Tierney, The Pauses, War On Women, and everyone who came out. Tonight we’re playing at The Fest in Gainesville - I believe we’re last (12:30) at the Wooly, but please double-check the schedule. See you there!!
Flyer for the upcoming Orlando show!
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Hey hey! J (w/ Brooks and Gordon) is opening for the fabulous Boister’s album release (which he produced) tomorrow at a theater in Baltimore! Guaranteed to be the only show we play where oysters are served at intermission!
The Black Cat quickly gained a reputation for hospitality. “Having coffee when you come into a show is sort of important if you’ve been on the road all day,” says Ferrando. “Having a locking bathroom to use, and having a couch that doesn’t look like something you’re going to get crabs from. Those are kind of real basic, and not that hard to pull off, but pretty important if you’re in a van for a month or two and this is where you’re going to be when you get out of the van.”
Ian MacKaye connects the emphasis on comfort to Ferrando’s European tours with Ignition in the 1980s. “Ignition toured with a band called So Much Hate from Norway who was fucking hardcore. Grindcore, not black metal, but very hard,” MacKaye says. “The singer actually had an upside-down cross tattoo on his forehead. The circuit they were on was grisly. But one thing about the squatter circuit…they always fed you. They gave you a place to sleep or they fed you.”
At the Black Cat, that attitude has resonated with bands, says Syd Butler of the Brooklyn-based art-punk band Les Savy Fav, a self-described “Dischord brat” who once washed dishes at Dante’s Restaurant. “All the employees who have worked [at the Black Cat] all have the same aesthetic: The bands are most important. Which is the opposite of a lot of other clubs out there that Les Savy Fav has played, where they don’t give a shit about the band, and you’re just a piece of meat…Dante knows what it takes to be an independent band. It’s very easy to take care of somebody. ‘Here’s a hot meal. Here’s a beer. Welcome! Take your time leaving!’ It’s totally different when you play a Live Nation room. Your shit gets thrown out on the sidewalk right after you play.”"
Black Cat is the most important place in the world.
The Black Cat is the best club ever. All of our shows there have been fantastic, and we’ve always been treated incredibly well. (-gw)