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Amoeba Berkeley Crosses The Bridge To Rock Your Pants Off!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2009 11:20am | Post a Comment
By Spenser Cooper Russell-Snyder

This year's Amoebapalooza was yet another all out bash, but this year we joined the SF store at The Mezzanine for a gigantic morsel of audible chaos. The Berkeley store brought the rock this year, starting
with the ethereal and revving up the noise with each following act.

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First up for the Berkeley store was Stormy King and The Mad Switch. Plucking her 12 string acoustic guitar, Stormy and mad-switcher Matt opened the night with a great mix of electro-acoustic soundscapes.
With beautiful and almost eerie vocals, Stormy captivated the crowd and got us ready for the rest of the evening.

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After a San Franciscan band, B.B. & The Bop Guns hit the stage. The three-piece switched instruments with each song, yet was consistent in their blues-inspired garage rock. Headed up by Amoeba's Brenden, the band flooded the audience with cool attitude and hip songs to match.

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Next on the Berkeley roster was the group Erica Jong, which featured buyer Marty Dowers and his sister Danielle. With the Dowers siblings locked in, the band freed everyone's mind with odd meters and a combo including violin, keys, guitar, bass and drums.

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It's hard to objectively write about the following band, The Poloriod Babies, because I played guitar in the group. Running through 6 Bratmobile songs in about 10 minutes, we called on all the girls to get to the front and dance around to our minimalist Riot-Grrrl tantrums.

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KindaKinksAss' set saw Kyle's first time on stage, where he took hold of the lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Dave, Jonasty, and brother Matthew held down the grooves for the highly-influential British group.

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Once the alcohol had been flowing for quite a few hours, The Sic Knif blasted through a number of Cramps covers. The group of all Berkeley staffers included Rob singing so hard his pants literally fell off,
Ken as the lovely but deadly Poison Ivy, and Jim Nastic pushing over the drums at the end of the set.

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The final group of the night was We Need Yr Feedback, who wailed on Jesus & Mary Chain covers. Unfortunately I didn't get to see Bean, Dave, and Brendon's set. The alcohol had become too much for some and I had to make sure people got home safe, though I caught wind that they did a fantastic job.

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