Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Anti Nowhere League, THE MEATMEN

Joe Hardcore Presents

Anti Nowhere League

THE MEATMEN

Lecherous Gaze, Eat the Turnbuckle

Thu, August 30, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

This event is all ages

Poison Idea have cancelled. Refunds are available upon request

Anti Nowhere League
Anti Nowhere League
There is an old expression about a blind pig finding a chestnut now and again, and that certainly rings true when addressing the overnight phenomenon known as the Anti-Nowhere League. Fronted by a codpiece-wearing goon of a lead singer with questionable personal hygiene who went by the name Animal, the League somehow managed to release one vulgar, loud, stupid, funny, thoroughly great EP, but hung around like a bunch of talentless louts who never got the message to clear off. Playing standard, raunchy, Sex Pistols-influenced punk rock, Animal cranked up the disgust factor either by uttering a string of obscenities or boasting about his indiscriminate taste in partners (including animals) in sexual intercourse. Like a punk parody worthy of Nick Lowe, the League actually got a lot of press when it looked as though their record was going to be banned in England and, or so it was whispered at the time, the U.S. Fortunately, it wasn't, and the grubby glory of this group became ours to cherish. They also recorded a few full-length albums (including a live one recorded in Yugoslavia).
THE MEATMEN
THE MEATMEN
The Meatmen was always the invention and idea of main member and singer Tesco Vee. Tesco Vee was born some time ago, like it matters anyway as Bob or Robert Vermuellen. He grew up or at least during his teenage years lived in Lansing MI. During his teen years, Tesco was a big fan of 70s rock and pre punk (ya know the originators Stooges, New York Dolls, MC5). Tesco published a small magazine called The Iguana during highschool after which he became an English major at Michigan State University. Some time during the late 70s rocker Tesco Vee became a big punk fan through Brittish bands like Throbbing Gristle and 999. One of his first 'zines was the 999 times based on the band. In '79 formed a sort of punk scene in the midwest at which point Tesco began publishing the Touch and Go fanzine, a harsh, politically incorrect magazine with lots of wit and rude comics. Tesco wrote of his band and others such as The Necros (from Maumee, Ohio), The McDonalds (Necros joke side band) Negative Approach (from Detroit 'burbs), The Fix, Violent Appathy (from Kalamazoo, MI) not to mention non midwestern bands such as Black Flag and Minor Threat.

Sooo, Tesco formed his own band. Bringing together Rich and Greg Ramsey, two obnoxiuos punks (Rich hocked loogies on obnoxious preppy girls). After Rich's stint in the Navy and even catering Frank Zappa's deli tray, he and his brother became some of the main wackiness behind the original meatmen. The name came from Tesco's old friend B.F. belched after eating meat, making him the meat man. Tesco's name? Bob V. saw a photo of U.K. punk band Throbbing Gristle hanging outside a dime store called Tesco, which was in the name was followed his spelled out initial. Tesco sang, Rich played bass, younger brother Greg played guitar and briefly Jim Forsey played drums. Forsey was quickly replaced by Eliot Rachtman. The group became big on the scene along with younger proteges, The Necros. In fact, Tesco was so close to the band, the members, about six or seven years younger than Tesco, considered him to be the older brother they never had. Granted all uppermiddle class, midwest bumpkins, they all had an obnoxious attitude and were encouraged by Tesco to do bad things and cause a reign of terror that Lansing still hasn't recovered from.
Lecherous Gaze
Lecherous Gaze
From the smoldering ashes of punk rock powerhouse Annihilation Time, which festered for a year and a half in a downtown Oakland flop house noted for once housing bands like High on Fire and Drunk Horse, rises the Lecherous Gaze. Steeping themselves in the Hendrix-tripped guitar-god worship of bombastic 70's rock and the primordial 60s rockin' rawness of Chuck Berry, Graham Clise and company's hard-core of Flag and Sabbath worship has congealed into a sticky sweet nug of potent hard rock hash. New front man Lakis Panagiotopulos's soulful timbres, inspiring comparisons to the legendary larynges of Joey Ramone and Glenn Danzig, layer over the punishing grooves of Chris Grande and Noel Sullivan, as mad axe man Clise shreds his Marshalls to their breaking points. Spending 2010 in a pupal stage of cooking up their jams into a frenzy-inducing stew of awesomeness, while members worked fill-in gigs for the likes of Saviours, Witch and Sweet Apple, Lecherous Gaze have transmuted into the perfect beast to carry rock and roll into the 2012 Armageddon.
Eat the Turnbuckle
Eat the Turnbuckle
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Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123