I also have failed to give an overview of the old man army seen above, also known as The Rubber City Rebels. Well, to be briefer than planned, they are the second most famous punk band from Akron, Ohio. They play stripped down rock and roll like fellow Cleveland legends the Dead Boys but have an almost comical macho stance in some of their songs. Had Joey Ramone spent more time developing his own masculine fantasy world and less time thinking about holding hands, his band might have sounded a bit like the Rebels. Hell, they even recorded an original song called "Pinhead" on their second album. Ramones comparisons are usually an easy-out when trying to describe a band, but I'd say the comparison is warranted.
The Rebels will be joined Saturday by local favorites The Carbonas, Predator (featuring members of Beat Beat Beat and Frantic), and Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers. That's not all, as the Black and Whites (Oxford, Miss.), Hot New Mexicans, Hidden Spots (Chattanooga), and Giant Tigers (Chattanooga) are all playing Saturday. Last but not least, The Rent Boys will play their first gig in seven years. Not a bad lineup for a hot summer weekend, huh?
I'll stop rambling now and let you all listen to the recent Barberries Have You Heard session.