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Pink Flag & the Homewreckers
August 20, 2008, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Durham, New Music

So my friend Betsy just came in and got me pretty psyched on some recent going-ons here in Durham. For a while now there’s been a good undercurrent wrenching through our streets and practice spaces, despite the strange lack of a sustainable real-live venue. Sure, there’s BCHQ, but that’s only up and running a night or two a week and unfortunately can’t house the surplus of bands roaming the streets. Hopefully this is an issue that will get resolved sooner rather than later, but it brings up an interesting point. Where, then, are all these bands coming together and multiplying around town here??

That’s the exciting part. Just when you’ve started getting comfortable with thinking you know all the local bands, things seem to creep out around you. With the lack of venues, bands have been plugging away, refining their music in basements and DIY spaces. They’ve been taking it over to the Cave in Chapel Hill, tightening their chops, where those of us tethered to Durham forget to check the bar schedules. If only we had something like the Cave around town, man. Right under our noses, there’s still this buzz happening and it’s nothing short of anxiously exciting. Maybe that’s why Durham doesn’t seem to have a bar rock scene? There’s no real bar venues that encourage that type of behavior. It’s all do-it-yourself and basement induced.

Anyway. I finally got around to checking out Betsy’s new band – Pink Flag – on the innernette and I was pleasantly surprised. I think this might just be one of my favorite vehicles so far for her songwriting. Yes, the name is lifted from our favorite Wire album and that just makes it that much more enticing. Rather than being strictly jittery punk like the name would imply, it’s got a powerpop mainline running through it. They’ve got that late-70s, do-whatcha-want punk sound, but it’s really cornering itself into the sugary pop side of post punk that bands like the Shivvers and Nikki & the Corvettes were kicking around. As far as newer stuff goes, I’d maybe book them on the same show as someone like Kill Rock Stars’ Mika Miko.

She also mentioned one of her new favorite local bands. The Homewreckers. So it looks like they just moved from Rocky Mount to our neck of the woods and it’s great to have ’em kicking around out here! From Betsy’s explanation I got excited and went to check them out. Sadly they just have one song up on their myspace page, so I couldn’t hear more, but that’s fine there. I don’t trust myspace music anyway, bands are usually 100% better than their page might give away. She explained them as something like a Portland band circa 1991…which means Kill Rock Stars, pre-riot grrrl era stuff. It kinda implies – brash, bratty, lo-fi, DIY fun punk. Not a lot of emphasis on instrument skills, just ability to play out how you feel. Music straight from the gut. And that’s what it looks like we’re gonna get. I’m pretty psyched to see ’em play.

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hell yeah’s to chaz blogging on a regular basis…

i need to get over to the record store, it’s been too long.

Comment by Greg Barbera

awww chaz! thanks!

Comment by bs

“Right under our noses, there’s still this buzz happening and it’s nothing short of anxiously exciting. Maybe that’s why Durham doesn’t seem to have a bar rock scene? There’s no real bar venues that encourage that type of behavior. It’s all do-it-yourself and basement induced.”

Anyone want to find a hole-in-wall joint to open
a space like this. What Durham needs is something like the stage area that used to be at KIng’s, with a tiny, tiny bar. One type of beer, one type of soda, and water … that’s it! Don’t even need alcohol to get the place open. Any takers? Drop another comment here if so.

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