Last summer when two of my alltime fave bands were trekking across the UK and all of my fellow glitzinetters seemed to be going, I was more than a little jealous. Well, imagine my surprise when I heard word that Pretty Boy Floyd and Fasterpussycat were scheduled to appear at a tiny little club in Olympia.
9/1/02 - 4th Ave Tav, Olympia, WA
The Tickets said the show was to start at 7:00pm and I was thinking this was a little bit early, but I didn't think too much about it, until we arrived and I found out that it was actually part of a labour day weekend show called 'Retrofest', 6 bands showing in total.
The four opening bands were all local Olympia bands, none being glam so I will skip forward to the main event.
After each supporting band went a few songs over their time out during the last two support bands and just kinda hung out talking to the few people there that knew who they were. I was informed that the current lineup (Steve - Vocals; Chad - Guitars; Leslie - Bass; Dish - Drums) would be going into the rehearsal studio on arrival back in California in the hope of releasing an album full of new material. I hope this becomes a reality because if the album is anything like they sounded live, it could be very good.
When Pretty Boy Floyd hit the stage they were a ball of fire! They kicked off with 'Your Mama Won't Know', 'Rock n' Roll Outlaws' and 'Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz'. Not only was I in heaven with the selections but I was very impressed by how tight the band was and by Steve's vocals, he did quite a few high screams that I didn't think he had the ability to do. 'Junky Girl' coincided with my bladder reaching its peak but I returned just in time for 'Toast Of the Town' after which they slowed it down with 'Wild Angels' and 'I Wanna Be With You' back to back. They closed the set with 'Only the Young' and a kick ass version of 'Rock n' Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night On Fire)'. The set was WAY too short in my opinion, but I don't know if it was due to the lack of people there or time constraints.
About 20 minutes later, the opening music for Fasterpussycat began and the club seemed to be getting a little more crowded. A ton of smoke and strobe lights filled the stage, along with the pulsating beat of the theme music, it was almost trance-like, and sure enough, out the side door came Taime, decked out in Nazi style gear, twirling a skull and crossbone umbrella over his shoulder. The rest of the band followed suit, single file, marching to their instruments.
They picked up where the theme music left of with a cover of 'These Boots are Made For Walking', sang in the same trance-like beat, which sounded super cool. As the song finished the crowd went nuts. The band sounded great as they continued with the songs 'Cathouse' and 'Slip Of the Tongue', I'm not 100% sure who's currently in the band, other than Taime Downe and Brent Muscat, none of the others looked familiar. The set continued with crowd pleasers 'Bathroom Wall'; 'Don't Change That Song'; Where There's a Whip There's a Way' and 'You're So Vain'.
The highlight of the show for me was when the band played 'House Of Pain'. I've always loved this song and they played it perfectly, the crowd was singing so loud, Taime let us sing the chorus a few times, it gave me the chills.
They closed the set with a rousing rendition of 'Babylon', which came as no surprise. They exited through, the crowd dishing out many a high five and they were away, right around 2am, closing time in these parts.
Overall, it was a great show and I'm glad I got the chance to witness two of my favourite bands together in one show. I just hope it doesn't take another 10 years before they come again.
by Dan Earley
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