Justine and the Unclean Record Release Party

ONCE Somerville presents

Justine and the Unclean Record Release Party

The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and the Snakes, Justine and the Unclean, Cold Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth, Jay Allen (Jay Allen and The Archcriminals)

Fri, December 8, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Get Unclean Record Release Party

ONCE Ballroom:

The Upper Crust

Hey Zeus

Tom Baker and the Snakes

Justine and the Unclean

ONCE Lounge:

Roy Sludge Trio
Cold Expectations

Pinecone Teeth

Jay Allen

(Price includes admission to both the Lounge and Ballroom)

 

 

 

The Upper Crust
The Upper Crust
The history of the Upper Crust is a subject that is, to say the least, controversial, in that various versions, reversions, diversions and perversions of the truth, as well as innumerable tales, anecdotes, accounts and outright fabrications have been put forth with a consistency inversely proportional both to their demands upon our credulity and their authority, in such a manner that the origin of the Upper Crust remains a subject that inspires bewilderment and perplexity among the best-intentioned and most sincerely curious, and the truth remains obscured as much by the sheer volume (in both senses of the word) of oft-acrimonious debate and the strident clamor of opinion, dispute and testimony, again, as much of it documented and attested by scholars of integrity and veracity, as it is obscured by the inventions and outright mendacity of those who would (sadly, but such is human nature) abuse our confidence in a matter of such unquestioned significance, in that one and all despite their differences are agreed upon an essential article of faith: namely, that the Upper Crust are the very font of all that we know today as Rocque and Roll and without a doubt the most important ensemble in the history of the world.

That said, here, in a nutshell, is the story as most would agree it took place:

Four young noblemen met one sunny spring day in 1730, or thereabouts — accounts differ as to the actual location, at a chamber music concert by the shores of a beautiful lake or river or perhaps by the seaside? and being bored, impatient and given to the Dionysian antics and diversions of youth, decided to commission their artificers to make for them ingenious contraptions that would produce musical sounds amplified, as it were, by the application of the then-new technology of steam power, combined with advances in mechanical engineering such as the invention of the vacuum chamber and the flush toilet, the several felicitous discoveries in the field of chemistry and alchemy that provided a grateful humanity with ether, laudanum and the various modern alcoholic distillations, as well as the discovery of electricity with its sad train of attendant disasters, and that of gravity itself, which, while never previously identified as a principle of the physical sciences, had in fact been utilized from time immemorial, and observed by Archimedes himself, who shrewdly noted that a fall from a great height was very often fatal.

The result, which at the time was truly — and I use the word with the greatest circumspection — revolutionary, was an entirely new species of music: no less, in fact, than the very birth of Rocque and Roll.

While their contemporaries looked with scorn upon the "infernal racket" produced by the Duc d'Istortion (lead guitar, mezzo soprano), Count Bassie (bass guitar, castrato), Jackie Kickassis (drums) and the Lord Bendover (guitar, basso castrato), time has proved the still-vibrant and irrepressibly vital Upper Crust entirely and triumphantly right and their critics, never well favored in the best of times, completely and quite idiotically wrong.

The Upper Crust have thus far, in the modern age, released four recordings, "Let Them Eat Rock", "The Decline and Fall of the Upper Crust", "Once More Into the Breeches", and "Entitled" — a catalogue that exemplifies their quest for perfection in the field of Rocque and their quite natural preoccupation with the travails of a life of privilege and the many misunderstandings — at times humorous, at times tragic, but always infuriating — that invariably accompany it.

Many have reveled in the passionate, furious and yet strangely tender caress their music bestows upon the most intimate fibres of their listeners' beings, likening it to the sensation experienced by a female cat when mounted by the male; a utterly absorbing experience wherein pure poetry lends its gentle seductions to the stirring, barbed rhythms of the Rocque genre, causing the listener to shriek with what we may well suppose to be delight.

But we have gone on at perhaps too great length, and rather than further try your patience, gentle reader, we herewith formally invite you to join the legions of the Upper Crust's admirers and discover for yourselves the truth of the above.

Your Devoted Friend in Rocque,
Count Frederick of Hollywood
The Upper Crust
The Upper Crust
The history of the Upper Crust is a subject that is, to say the least, controversial, in that various versions, reversions, diversions and perversions of the truth, as well as innumerable tales, anecdotes, accounts and outright fabrications have been put forth with a consistency inversely proportional both to their demands upon our credulity and their authority, in such a manner that the origin of the Upper Crust remains a subject that inspires bewilderment and perplexity among the best-intentioned and most sincerely curious, and the truth remains obscured as much by the sheer volume (in both senses of the word) of oft-acrimonious debate and the strident clamor of opinion, dispute and testimony, again, as much of it documented and attested by scholars of integrity and veracity, as it is obscured by the inventions and outright mendacity of those who would (sadly, but such is human nature) abuse our confidence in a matter of such unquestioned significance, in that one and all despite their differences are agreed upon an essential article of faith: namely, that the Upper Crust are the very font of all that we know today as Rocque and Roll and without a doubt the most important ensemble in the history of the world.

That said, here, in a nutshell, is the story as most would agree it took place:

Four young noblemen met one sunny spring day in 1730, or thereabouts — accounts differ as to the actual location, at a chamber music concert by the shores of a beautiful lake or river or perhaps by the seaside? and being bored, impatient and given to the Dionysian antics and diversions of youth, decided to commission their artificers to make for them ingenious contraptions that would produce musical sounds amplified, as it were, by the application of the then-new technology of steam power, combined with advances in mechanical engineering such as the invention of the vacuum chamber and the flush toilet, the several felicitous discoveries in the field of chemistry and alchemy that provided a grateful humanity with ether, laudanum and the various modern alcoholic distillations, as well as the discovery of electricity with its sad train of attendant disasters, and that of gravity itself, which, while never previously identified as a principle of the physical sciences, had in fact been utilized from time immemorial, and observed by Archimedes himself, who shrewdly noted that a fall from a great height was very often fatal.

The result, which at the time was truly — and I use the word with the greatest circumspection — revolutionary, was an entirely new species of music: no less, in fact, than the very birth of Rocque and Roll.

While their contemporaries looked with scorn upon the "infernal racket" produced by the Duc d'Istortion (lead guitar, mezzo soprano), Count Bassie (bass guitar, castrato), Jackie Kickassis (drums) and the Lord Bendover (guitar, basso castrato), time has proved the still-vibrant and irrepressibly vital Upper Crust entirely and triumphantly right and their critics, never well favored in the best of times, completely and quite idiotically wrong.

The Upper Crust have thus far, in the modern age, released four recordings, "Let Them Eat Rock", "The Decline and Fall of the Upper Crust", "Once More Into the Breeches", and "Entitled" — a catalogue that exemplifies their quest for perfection in the field of Rocque and their quite natural preoccupation with the travails of a life of privilege and the many misunderstandings — at times humorous, at times tragic, but always infuriating — that invariably accompany it.

Many have reveled in the passionate, furious and yet strangely tender caress their music bestows upon the most intimate fibres of their listeners' beings, likening it to the sensation experienced by a female cat when mounted by the male; a utterly absorbing experience wherein pure poetry lends its gentle seductions to the stirring, barbed rhythms of the Rocque genre, causing the listener to shriek with what we may well suppose to be delight.

But we have gone on at perhaps too great length, and rather than further try your patience, gentle reader, we herewith formally invite you to join the legions of the Upper Crust's admirers and discover for yourselves the truth of the above.

Your Devoted Friend in Rocque,
Count Frederick of Hollywood
Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus likes to play Rock and Roll. Do you like Rock and Roll?
Tom Baker and the Snakes
Tom Baker and the Snakes
We play hi-energy Rock n Roll in the Stones/Faces vein. We enjoy guitars. We enjoy loud guitars. Lend your ears to a sonic blast that is here to last.

featuring members of: worshipper, watts, township, gymnasium, dirty truckers
Justine and the Unclean
Justine and the Unclean
Justine Covault: vocals and guitar
Charles Hansen: guitar
Janet Egan: bass and vocals
Jim Janota: drums
Cold Expectations
Cold Expectations
Formed in May 2016, the Cold Expectations are a coming together of friends to play loosey-goosey, all-original music. Based in Boston MA, the band is lined up a three-day recording session in July '16, with Pete Weiss behind the board. With any luck, The Cold Expectations will be coming your way soon to a local watering hole or backyard bbq.

If you are a fan of acoustic-based music, original songs, sometimes silly but other times sad, The Cold Expectations might just be the fix you're searchin' for.
Roy Sludge Trio
Roy Sludge Trio
Roy Sludge plays classic country and rockabilly music with a heaping helping of humor thrown in.
The Boston based Roy Sludge Trio have been playing the New England area for over 5 years. Their popular Sunday residency, enjoyed by young and old, earned them a "Best Residency" nomination at The Boston Music Awards in 2012 and 2013. Roy was nominated as "Best Male Vocalist" in 2013 and 2014. Their live shows have been described as "lightning in a bottle."

With a deep, rumbling voice reminiscent of Jr. Brown or Ernest Tubb and his biting sense of humor, Roy's been entertaining roots music fans for over 3 decades. He was a sideman with Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Tarbox Ramblers and fronted the roots "supergroup" The Spurs to name a few. Currently he's been playing keyboards and singing with the Memphis Rockabilly Band on and off for over 20 years.
Jay Allen (Jay Allen and The Archcriminals)
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143