Churchwood @12:30am, The Flesh Eaters @11:00pm, Texacala Jones Pony Island Express @10:00pm – Sold Out! Will Call @9:30pm – No hard tickets. 21+ only.
Churchwood performs a vital and much-needed musical mission on their self-titled Saustex Records debut album: Saving the blues from the blahs and numerous other crimes and afflictions. Hailing from Austin, Texas, a city rightfully accused of being “The Boring White Blues Capital of the World,” the ingenious quintet kick the lazy butt of blues music into the second decade of the 21st Century and beyond.
Flesh Eaters were started in the fall of 1977 by punk poet Chris Desjardins, a singer known for morbid lyrical themes. Their first gig was December 21, 1977 at The Masque in Los Angeles. Musicians in various Flesh Eaters line-ups included Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo), John Doe (X), DJ Bonebrake (X), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Bill Bateman (The Blasters) and Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos). Considered by many to be a precursur of Death Rock, their music was a pastiche of rockabilly, road-house blues, punk rock and jazz.
One of Los Angeles punk rock’s most widely admired yet little-heard bands makes a striking return to records on January 18, 2019, as Yep Roc Records issues an all-new collection by The Flesh Eaters, I Used to Be Pretty.
On the release, founding vocalist and songwriter Chris Desjardins — better known as Chris D. — is backed by the legendary “all-star” edition of the band, originally heard on the 1981 set A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die: Dave Alvin (guitar) and Bill Bateman (drums) of The Blasters; John Doe (bass) and D.J. Bonebrake(marimba and percussion) of X; and Steve Berlin(saxophones) of The Plugz (and later The Blasters andLos Lobos). The album was produced collectively by the band members.
On five of the album’s 11 tracks, this superpowered unit is joined by Julie Christensen, Desjardins’ vocal partner in both The Flesh Eaters’ successor band Divine Horsemen and latter-day editions of the original group. The singers were married during the ’80s.
Release of I Used to Be Pretty, which will be issued in single-CD and double-LP configurations, will be followed by a series of U.S. tour dates — the very first shows, save for a lone U.K. appearance, to take this hitherto elusive group outside the West Coast.
Texacala Jones Pony Island Express is fronted by “The” Tex of Tex & The Horseheads. The legendary Ms. Jones’ new act represents something of a return to the form of her legacy namesake band, foregoing the more folky explorations in the past decade in favor of straight-ahead rock’n’roll infused with blues and punk. The hard-edged band features Chelsea Taylor on guitar, Nathan Calhoun on bass, and Frank Garymartin on drums.