In the 14 years of The Bad Things existence, the band has played a variety of venues; from swanky cabarets and concert halls, to music festivals, breweries, schoolhouses, underground speakeasy's and punk rock dive bars. The latter has always been the true spiritual home of the band however. The character's that inhabit their songs are daily drinkers that spend their last pennies at working class bars in an effort to black out the work week. The band's first shows were at places like the 9LB Hammer, at the time a sole outpost of underground culture in a neighborhood that Seattle forgot. Boy have times changed. Georgetown has become a hipster mecca and true dives are becoming harder and harder to find. This in a city that once boasted some of the dingiest shit holes known to man. A port town whose central business district was once dominated by strip bars, porn and gun shops, prostitutes and hustlers. Now you'd be hard pressed to find a dive bar not filled with ironic moustaches, tweed jackets and trust funders drinking PBR and Old Crow in an attempt to mimic authentic working class culture. That's why this show at Lucky Liquor, a punk rock dive bar if there ever was one, feels special. Located on the far south end of Boeing Field, on the shores of the Duwamish, one of the most polluted waterways in the United States, this feels like a homecoming of sorts. A return to the real south end, yet to be compromised by gentrification and hipster entrepreneurs, to gritty old Seattle, the true spiritual home of the Bad Things universe. It's made even better as they'll be joined by fellow purveyors of Northwest vintage grit: Bakelite 78 and The Mongrel Jews. Come celebrate Friday night and bask in an irony-free haven for the real working class. This will be the real deal my friends. Silent City Productions presents: The Bad Things Bakelite 78 and Mongrel Jews Friday, April 22, 2016 at Lucky Liquor - 10325 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila, WA 98168 Doors at 8pm. Cover is $8 advanced/$10 at the door
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Sounds Like: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Asylum Street Spankers, Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, The Decemberists
Bakelite 78 was founded by old time music enthusiast Robert Rial.
Rial arrived in Chicago in 2000, eager to engage in the musical styles he loved most: dance orchestra music/swing, country-blues, dixieland, tin pan alley, rock and American folk. He played his guitar and tenor banjo and took solac...See Full Bio
“Bakelite 78, "What the Moon Has Done" (Bakelite) Rial...has taken a leap with his new CD, a highly-arranged concept album brimming with bravura trumpet, dark tales of woe and Brechtian menace. Without seeing the jacket notes, you'd think the material had been retrieved from old records, but, remarkably, Rial and his musical partner, vocalist Erin Jordan, wrote these songs. They have an uncanny ability to get their heads inside antique styles. Bakelite doesn't just do old music, it seems to inhabit the past. "Monongah," a minor lament with stunning trumpet lines, regales that West Virginia mining disaster like it happened last week, "Tale of a Missouri Girl" revisits the midwest-lass-goes-to-Hollywood story line with affectionate good humor; and the macabre "World's Fair Hotel," in the voice of 1893 World's Fair serial killer, H.H. Holmes, resonates eerily. Tom Waits, anyone? Scary stuff, and though overarranged here and there, the music is delivered with conviction and panache. ”