Baseball Furies, Brides, Ramma Lamma, Get Drunk DJs | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Baseball Furies, Brides, Ramma Lamma, Get Drunk DJs Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Oct. 16, 10 p.m. 2010

The Baseball Furies moved to Chicago from Buffalo in 2001—right as Chicago's garage-punk scene was reaching its high-water mark—and broke up in 2005. Along with bands like Milwaukee's Mistreaters and Detroit's Clone Defects, the Furies put the claws and fangs back into a kind of punk rock that had, by the end of the 90s, become a self-satisfied secret club of wallet-chained bores. Live, the Baseball Furies were a consistently fantastic collision of fiery intent and anti-bullshit directness. They never stopped to tell you what the next song was about or that they had merch for sale; they came onstage teetering on the line between sober and drunk and played each napalm-scorch of a song like it was their last, and when the set did end, there was never a "thank you"—you don't thank somebody for surviving a beatdown. But the excruciating waits between Furies records (their swan song, Throw Them to the Lions, only finally came out last year) and the band's decision to call it quits just as many of their scenemates were finding a wider audience meant they never quite got their due. Since the breakup the members of the Baseball Furies have played in bands too numerous to name here (and bassist Jim McCann is now partner and bar manager at Longman & Eagle), but tonight's one-off reunion show is a fine opportunity to see where it all got started. In the spirit of the evening, the Brides—the notorious garage band that Ross Fisher (Dirges, Mother of Tears) and Dan Lang (Vee Dee) played in as teenage suburban miscreants—have reunited too, and will provide main support. Ramma Lamma opens and the Get Drunk DJs spin. —Brian Costello

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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