The All Ages Beat

By Duncan Barlow

The title of this article could prove to be misleading when applied to this past month. But there have been several shows. Typically the scenario would be that you didn't heard about them. There is a good reason for this. It seems to me that the bands have been a bit negligent about hanging flyers about town to advertise their shows. But this fact is only part of the problem. The truth is that there have not been many shows.

The only show I was able to attend this month was Shellac's, at the Clifton Cultural Center on Payne Street, and that event did not showcase any local bands. The only thing local about the Shellac show was the fact that local band members put the show on. Jason Noble, ex-Rodan, worked with fellow music "all stars" to secure the show. I would say it was a large success, mainly because there were no fights!

Fugazi will be playing at the Brewery Thunderdome on Oct. 7. Guilt was considered to open but Fugazi decided to bring two bands instead. Personally I feel it is ridiculous for bands to play cities and deny local talent an opening spot. I hope it is a trend that does not continue.

Neurosis should be playing with Guilt and My Own Victim on Oct. 18. The venue has not yet been decided.

Solution Unknown will be playing a reunion show to support their soon-to-be-released compact disc. The disc should contain almost everything the band recorded. Unfortunately, I doubt the song "Failsafe" will appear.

Shellac. Photo by Bob Bahr

Ground Zero has recently adopted some weird hours. Ed Lutz, the owner, really cares about his music, so if you get the opportunity you should drop in for a visit.

Enkindel has been working on their new album, due out this winter on Initial Records. The songs that I have heard show incredible improvement. Enkindel has always been a band that changes; hopefully this album will give them the local recognition they deserve.

The Rachels and June of 44 will be playing on Thanksgiving weekend at the Clifton Cultural Center.

Guilt will be playing an album release party on Halloween night. The record store in which the release party will occur has not yet been determined.

Adam from Four Rose Society is looking to open a new club at a location that I am not yet at liberty to announce, but think New Albany.

The big problem with Louisville is that the city acts as if it does not want people to have an all-ages club. If it is not the police or the fire marshall, it is the people who complain about people sitting in front of clubs.

My father always grew angry when he heard about how poorly my friends and I were treated by officials when we were younger. And now that I have grown into the early years of my adulthood, I can understand his outrage clearly. People under twenty-one have no place to go. When a club opens, the city finds a quick way to close it down. I think it should be up to the community to provide an all-ages music venue, even if it is a community center, for its younger citizens.

Perhaps a few of the parents of the all-ages shows participants should band together to create a petition for stronger youth support in this city. I have heard rumors that the city has been interested in suggestions.

I can only hope that this next month will provide mam nthe parents of the all-ages shows participants should band together to create a petition for stronger youth support in this city. I have heard rumors that the city has been interested in suggestions.