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The Queers / Black Tie Bombers / Team Stray

The Queers/Black Tie Bombers/Team Stray: live in Cincinnatilive in Cincinnati (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Ricky Thomas
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Tonight was a special night for the people in Cincinnati, as the Queers were playing a special one-off show to get ready for their double stay at Bernie's in Columbus to record their live album in 2 weeks (even being joined by original singer Wimpy for a set of all the old songs). First up was 2 .



Tonight was a special night for the people in Cincinnati, as the Queers were playing a special one-off show to get ready for their double stay at Bernie's in Columbus to record their live album in 2 weeks (even being joined by original singer Wimpy for a set of all the old songs).

First up was 2 Inch Winky. They played fast, 3-chord (sometimes less) punk in the vein of Day Late And Dollar Short-era Queers meets the Nobodys. Catchy, and full of many "fuck yous," 2 Inch Winky was entertaining and played a solid set. Apparently this may have been their last show, and if that's true, it was a great way to go out.

Second was Team Stray. Team Stray plays 3-chord pop-punk similar to a poppy Screeching Weasel meets the Mr. T Experience. While it can be argued that this style is overdone and I would agree, Team stray was not only good, they were super catchy and had lots of charisma and just seemed to geniuinly enjoy being there. I think they would have played the same for 3 people as opposed to the 300 or so that were there. They were solid despite some technical difficulties, and I recommend checking them out.

Next were the Black Tie Bombers. They are an up and coming band from Cincinnati who seem to be making a big name for themselves throughout the Midwest. While they definitely were the odd band out on this bill, they definitely didn't seem to care, and neither did the crowd. They played more of a gritty, fast melodic punk rock sound, with a very Midwestern feel. While onstage they were goofy, partially naked, gross, spit way too much and talk a lot of shit, when they get down to it they play more serious-minded songs with definite political undertones, and played surprisingly tight. They also played a great cover of the Gin Blossoms' classic "Hey Jealousy," which they said is on their new album. They had a large crowd there for them, and there were many people moving and singing along, and if you're into it I definitely suggest checking them out. Plus, they had a song called "I Killed Elliott Smith," which seemed to get a mixed reaction from the crowd.

Finally, what everyone was waiting for: the Queers! This time it was still Phillip on bass (from the Teen Idols) and a new guy named Dave on the drums. This was an awesome set because it was getting prepared for the live shows, so they played many songs I hadn't heard in years and some I've never heard live. They played "Debra Jean," "Booberella," "I Hate Your Fucking Guts," "Burger King Queen" and "I Like Young Girls" amongst others. They also played all the classics, 2 Ramones covers ("Rockaway Beach" and "Rock'n'Roll Radio"), and a Screeching Weasel cover (you can guess which one). Something I've noticed is that certain bands bring everyone out of the woodwork and make them feel like they are young again, back when they were probably less jaded and a much better person. I saw people at this show that I hadn't seen in years singing along to every word, and it was well deserved. The Queers played for a little over an hour and never slowed down, and didn't noticeably slip up once.

Whether or not you're a fan, used to be a fan or don't even care for them, if the Queers come to your town, check them out. They are a classic band who still sound great and are still writing great songs. This was a very enjoyable night with 4 solid bands. I even looked up links for y'all if interested:

 


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djdyson (June 18, 2009)

Black Tie Bombers are a fucking joke. They think they're a bunch of fucking rockstars. They think they're better than everyone else. And their singer! Don't even get me started on that fuck. Blister In The Sun is now one of the worst songs I've ever heard because that band single handedly DESTROYED IT. What the fuck was Frankl Project thinking making a split with those guys?

Anonymous (September 15, 2005)

hahah yes

Anonymous (September 14, 2005)

hahahaha hey check out myspace.com/blacktiebombers PUNXORS!!!!

douchebags. get out of your damn hometown and play some shows and I'll give you some credit. You're a shitty punk rock band driving to your shows in seperate cars, with your gear jammed in the trunk. You couldn't go on tour if you tried.

have fun playing Queers cover songs to the aging underground in about 10 years fatasses. Buy some expensive les pauls and some SWEET marshall half stacks with the nice disposable income you will have since you will work a serious job

if you want to fight, I'll see you at BOTH shows at Bernie's, my name is Adam. I'm tall and thin, wear camo alot, and we can fucking throw down fatasses

Anonymous (September 12, 2005)

thank you all for the kind words, and the unkind words. the fact that people are either excited that we exist or hate it, you still know who we are.

Jon from BTB aka Hambone aka the guy C-clamp aka the man-distributor

8dollarclarinetsolo (September 11, 2005)

ricky thomas has the biggest dick of any one i know

and i think the black tie bombers are one of the most underrated bands to exist in music ever

Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

I would not be suprised if Rick Thomas did write this review, since half the review is a run on sentence.

And for you kids to sit on here for hours and talk about something so stupid as this...your just AS lame as Rick Thomas....

and......thats pretty f-in lame.

Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

I read that shit from the Queers' website about the band's gear being confiscated at a show in Heflin, Alabama by the constable on the charge of selling it without a business license?

That's right, a lucrative Heflin, Alabama business license.

So I consulted with my friend, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, and this is what he had to say:

"That's just gotta be the stupidest most fucked up--and probably illegal--confiscation move I've heard.

"The Queers don't conduct their ordinary business primarily out of Heflin, Alabama--for God's sake! They're a touring band, so there's no permanent business home! And even if they had one, why the fuck would they set it up in some shit-hole podunk called Heflin, Alabama?! Simply put, no business home, no need for no fucking business license...

"The Queers paid $55.00 for a Heflin, Alabama business license just to try to get their stuff back. So they get taken even if they get their stuff back.

"It's de facto theft. Small-town podunk jurisdictional hustler bullshit."

Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor
State of California

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

ricky thomas is a fag

punkinohio (September 10, 2005)

Louisville is a great scene for "hardcore". But, thats if youre into that kinda thing. I'd rather see the queers play 4 times a year here then going down to that shithole and watching Underoath and Emanuel fondle each other. But i wish cincy still drew as well as we used to back in the day.

skaboom (September 10, 2005)

Uh, shit. Sorry to derail the comments like that. I make one observation, and anonymous poster assholery takes over completely.

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

So, what are the odds that people will stop posting anonymously when they do nothing constructive, but instead only talk shit? I appreciate the muted (yet still somehow positive) review.

Jeff from Team Stray

bizzlebrizzle (September 10, 2005)

Louisville's music might be great but me and pHDecontrol had a very unwelcoming experience in Louisville...you kids are cock suckers.

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

"the fat lead singer is full of himself, and his voice sucks. he should stop (insert any verb here). cincinnati is a shithole for music there is no scene there anymore. louisville is where its at now face it"

is this person truely serious? haahhahah.

and which fat singer are you talking about? there are two of them.

and by the way, neither of them are full of themselves. and louisville is full of a bunch of elitist fucking assholes.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

the fat lead singer is full of himself, and his voice sucks. he should stop (insert any verb here). cincinnati is a shithole for music there is no scene there anymore. louisville is where its at now face it

bizzlebrizzle (September 10, 2005)

the reviewer is in a band. that band has a member in it who is in a side project with the singer of BTB. they are good friends.

http://www.cincylounge.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1427

Punkinohio (September 10, 2005)

Woo! finally some Cincinnati talk that doesnt involve Bottom Line. BTB are alright, definately good for the scene. Is the dude who reviewed this THE Ricky Thomas of Jimjon Ct. Fame? Oh Hail TANC!

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

the reviewer is in a band. that band has a member in it who is in a side project with the singer of BTB. they are good friends.

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

Hey, whats up ya. This is Sam from Black Tie Bombers. I wanna thank the reviewer for the kind words, it means alot.

To all you other little bitches that are starting rumors, I ask you, whats the point to all that? The person that made this review, I ahve never met them in my life. We, as a band, are above faking a fucking show review.

If you have a problem, and would like to say to my face, Ill be at the Queers shows in Columbus. Or if, you just want to suck my dick, that sounds good too.

Mwha!

bizzlebrizzle (September 9, 2005)

You kids are hella retarded.

For starters, I know that Cincinnati is kinda backwards, but it is far from being a "yokel town" you fucking retard.

Second of all, no one on the Cincy Punk message boards has any clue who the hell thsi dude is.

ANd Black Tie Bombers spammed here? I guess I didn't get that memo, I never saw it.

The band rules, one of the few bands from Shitsinnati that I like.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

"wanna know whats funny? i know the reviewer, he is from cincinnati and he's friends with the black tie bombers... this is absolutely a face. and the black tie bombers arent shit, theyre fucking over rated lawrence arms wanna be's... if the reviewer "wasnt that famiiar" how would he know about the "political undertones" of the bands lyrics? from hearing them live once? hahahahahha. nice try"

right. i'm sure you know him. because the band definitely doesn't know the person that reviewed them, in all honesty. and by the way, the reviewer states that he has in fact seen them live more than once. and the comparison you draw of them being "lawrence arms wannabes" is fucking stupid and childish. i don't know what you really think, but i'm thinking you're probably just pissed because they're good friend with the Queers or that they even got to open for them in the first place. don't speak about what you don't know about.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

the btb aren't good per se, there just isn't anything about them that sucks.
And being a local band from a yokel town that's all you need. Kids are desperate for anything thats not some dorky fat fuck growling about how he wishes the mic was a sandwich.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

wanna know whats funny? i know the reviewer, he is from cincinnati and he's friends with the black tie bombers... this is absolutely a face. and the black tie bombers arent shit, theyre fucking over rated lawrence arms wanna be's... if the reviewer "wasnt that famiiar" how would he know about the "political undertones" of the bands lyrics? from hearing them live once? hahahahahha. nice try

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

this show was awesome and the black tie bombers are really good

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

"do the black tie bombers ever leave cincinatti, or do they just play their own hometown over and over

....lame"

I think this is posted by a band who never plays Cincinnati because they aren't accepted in their own city.

And I've never seen BTB spam people before.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

I won't listen to the Black Tie Bombers or the AKA's on the basis of their spammage.

-Will (is EVERYWHERE!!!)

lushj (September 9, 2005)

Ha ha ha... Bill Hicks rules too!

McGarnicle (September 9, 2005)

Ricky(Thomas)
-------

Pick up the phone, Ricky! Its me! You!

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

No I understand, I didn't mean the equal coverage, the Queers definetly were the highlight of the night and one of my favorite bands. It was just nice to see 3 good opening bands, they were all pretty good.

Ricky(Thomas)

skaboom (September 9, 2005)

Ok, fair enough. I just haven't heard of them at all outside of this site, for all I know they could be as small time as any of the purevolume bands that anon posters occassionally spam every active thread with. And here they go getting as much coverage as The Queers. But I buy that story, so my apologies for the assumption.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

I posted this review because it was a good show, yes it was my first review and I will be sending more in for next week, I just wanted to try it. I don't live in Cincinnati I actually live closer to Dayton but frequent shows in Cincinnati, and I don't think I fluffed up the black tie bombers too much at all, I went to see the queers, had seen the black tie bombers before, and they had gotten much better and impressed me. I don't know them personally and the only words i've ever spoken to any of them was a "good set" after the show to one of their singers. This was a great show all around, and the Queers are one of my favorite bands and I figured alot of people on this site would be into them.

Ricky(Thomas)

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

actually, I don't even know who this guy is, so I'm going to say no, he doesn't actually know them. Then again, I could be wrong, but he isn't a friend of theirs that they hang out with. I don't know him.

Did you ever stop to think that maybe the Black Tie Bombers just played a great set and they deserved to be talked about?

-phdecontrol

skaboom (September 9, 2005)

This may be slightly cynical, but did the reviewer only submit this to promote Black Tie Bombers? I remember someone occassionally dropping a link to the bands myspace page in their signature. This is the only review this guy has done, and he gave as much space to BTB, a relatively unknown band, as to the Queers. I can't help but wonder if he is connected to the band and wanted a more visible way to get exposure for them.

bizzlebrizzle (September 9, 2005)

do the black tie bombers ever leave cincinatti, or do they just play their own hometown over and over

....lame

They do leave, but they also play tons of Cincinnati shows.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

Especially since they haven't put out a good album since their last live record...

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

How many live albums do the Queers really need? I know they're big fans of the Ramones, but this is ridiculous...

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

holy shit, i didnt even know the queers were still around. Grow Up is still one of my favorite albums

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

do the black tie bombers ever leave cincinatti, or do they just play their own hometown over and over

....lame

peilocal (September 9, 2005)

I'd like to see a review of the G7 sampler. Although I already own it, and I know it's fantastic. But I think Adam had said he was working on it, but still no sign of it. Also, it took a while for the dropkick murphys singles collection volume 2 to come up. So I agree with the guy about the lag in reviews being put up.

psychoos231 (September 9, 2005)

Nice the Queers are coming over here soon

thefirstfive (September 9, 2005)

for example what album is just in dire need of a review posting?

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

this was a great show. i'm friends with the Black Tie Bombers, but that doesn't mean i won't criticize their music. and my criticism is that they're just getting better and better as time goes on. i'm thinking their next album will definitely get them signed. i'm not a person to hype, but these guys really work to get themselves out there. check them out if you like stuff along the lines of Dillinger Four.

and the Queers are the fucking shit, by the way. i went to a birthday party that they played the night before. it was incredible.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

My band is playing with the queers in october im super exited

TheOneTrueBill (September 9, 2005)

I love the Queers. I love the whole early 90's Lookout sound. Long live it man.

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