With three live-music clubs doing all-ages shows and an onslaught of bands that are only willing to play for an all-ages crowd, the year 1993 looks very promising for the all-age music scene in Louisville, Ky. The Machine, an exclusively all-ages club in St. Matthews, opened for business with an Endpoint show that attracted more than eight hundred people. Things look very promising for this new club because it is run by people who care about the kids. Tewligans is still doing their all-ages shows on Sundays and in fact are doing an early show on Tuesday, March 2, with Born Against (from N.Y.C.) and Sunspring. City Lights has also opened its doors to an all-age crowd, but most of the bands are tending to steer away from doing shows there.
Musically, Louisville is bursting with energy. In 1993 alone Louisville has seen such releases as Sunspring, Shut Out, Guilt, Endpoint, Enkindel, Erchint, Lather and a compilation from Washington, D.C., featuring newcomers Rodan. Local labels such as Slamdek, Self Destruct and Better Days are fueling the frenzy by releasing records from mainly all-age bands. Local bands have begun to take the Louisville sound on the road. Better Days' Bush League had to cancel a U.S. tour due to medical problems in the band. Endpoint just returned from a very successful European tour backing up its successful release of Catharsis and is planning to do a full-scale U.S. tour this summer with another Louisville slugger, Sunspring. Rumors have it that Evergreen is planning a northern tour this spring to back up its seven-inch release.
Big Wheel is planning an all-ages record release show at The Machine on April 6. Sancred is planning to do a seven-inch soon to follow up its successful debut on a split seven-inch with Concrete. And as for Concrete? Well, the group is "taking a break," as Scott the bassist likes to say, while singer John Cosey visits Texas. Mike of Self Destruct released a Lather seven-inch which should be enough to satisfy even the most diehard Sam I Am fan. Crain is playing out as a three-piece and is looking for a new drummer. Of the many new bands playing out these days, the most popular bands seem to be Hell Bent, Pulse, Section Eight and Guilt, who plans to have its second seven-inch out by July.
Not only has the all-age scene been booming musically, but it seems successful in a literary way as well. K Scott's K Composite has gained national popularity after being raved about by Sassy and the Chicago Tribune. Darkside, a somewhat political local magazine, has been hard at work on issue number three. And the final magazine is A Quest for Something Real, which is always at work.
Well, I suppose that is all for now; there is so much to say about the local all-age scene that I actually haven'tenough room to talk about it.