Scene Update 7/23/17 -and an introduction!

Hey everyone! Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Chloe and I play guitar and do vocals in Sarcasm. I am overjoyed to be working on and writing my solo EP currently, and I am so excited to get in the studio with Sarcasm -hopefully by the end of the summer.

As many of you know, Hugh Schmidt, the administrator and founder of this blog and bassist/vocalist of Kids Luv Cops, is continuing on his own journey which has brought him all the way out to Puget Sound in Washington. Although he will eternally remain present in the Concord-Carlisle scene, he is moving on to an all new point in his life. He will sadly not be leaving Concord in the year 2075 when we will all have personal jetpacks and teleportation devices, therefore he cannot be in two places at once. This isn’t Rick and Morty, folks.

Posting and taking over this blog is a very happy-sad and emotional experience for me. As my time in high school seems to be stampeding by me -my friends in Class of ’17 who are leaving me behind, going on college tours and composing my college essay- I am beginning to feel overwhelmed with many, many emotions. Before I get into even more mushy and gross emotional stuff, I’ll fill everyone in on the scene which has been hopping recently!

  1. Kids Luv Cops have been squeezing in shows left and right. On the 8th, Kids Luv Cops played a lovely (and sweaty) gig at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. They were joined by Fat Shuggy, Ra Saens, Beautiful Woman, and Loneranger.
  2. The following afternoon, they played a beautiful set at SULFEST, a wonderful house gig in Tewksbury. Knowing next to nothing about any of the other fabulous bands they played with (or Tewksbury at all), I tagged along. I was extremely pleased with a fun and packed day, listening to our new pals from Rapture, Humans and Us, Casinoland, Ice Cream Orphan and Girl Scout Cookies. You gotta listen to these guys. Dude, Tewksbury has a scene! IMG_5165.JPG
  3. After playing what they thought would be their second to last show, they were invited by our Northern Mass. friends to play another show with Rapture, Girl Scout Cookies, Casinoland, and Powder Keg. Instead of being on top of a porch, as they were at SULFEST, they were underneath one! They played a spectacular set amongst our new buddies and it was a blast.
  4. Nick Owen played several gigs this past month, including a particularly exciting one down in the mystical land of Providence, RI about two weeks ago! Nick has shared that he is planning to book a tour in the near future which is quite incredible. I am insanely exciting for Nick and I can’t wait to see where his tour will take him.
  5. And last, but certainly not least, is Luigi’s Haunted Basement Show at the delightful home of the Lopresti’s. Sandro ran an amazing show packed full of incredible Concord and Carlisle artists. The following insanely talented people played this show: Lucy Morrison, Christina Piccione, Corey Ames, Jenny, Maheeb n Stuart, Trashcan Businessman, Muttnik, Sarcasm, Nick Owen, Mushroom Death Suit, Boxed Water and Kids Luv Cops. I know! Quite a long list! Each and every person who played had a fantastic set and I didn’t want the evening to end. Boxed Water and Kids Luv Cops have both released live recordings of their sets!   Kids Luv Cops played their last set that night, and it was legendary. We all sang and moshed and screamed and danced the entire time. They played songs I hadn’t heard since their name was “Pink Asphalt and the Day-Shift Strippers,” they played songs off their first album and their newest EP, and they played songs that we all know and adore. It was absolutely incredible. At this show, there was literally blood, sweat and tears over the span of four hours. 

Kids Luv Cops has inspired a scene of people to write music, perform, and not give a shit about what anyone thinks. They have brought our scene to what it is. Hugh, Owen, Cooper, and James, we love you and we will miss you guys. Always come back to visit and always come back to jam ❤

-chloe

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I Love You All / A Farewell: Why Your High School Scene is Important

Hey guys, it’s Hugh and I’m here to say goodbye. I’ve spent my entire high school career dreaming about, thinking about, planning for, and playing shows, and now that time has come to an end. I played the last Kids Luv Cops show this past Thursday with my dear friends James Putnam, Owen Schmidt, and Cooper Ernst. Being the only band of entirely seniors, it was a fucking emotional experience as we witnessed the end of our high school lives and the beginning of a new crop of bands. These are people who since watching them struggle at open mics a few years ago have grown into great musicians with fucking impressive original music.

The Concord scene shaped my life and the lives of everyone in our band. It’s such a supportive environment that dealt with us as we struggled to play shitty funk rock and encouraged and challenged us to get better. While we were doing a funk cover of “Hey There Delilah”, Skank Vendor invited everyone up on stage to mosh as they released a fucking brilliant 4 song grunge EP. That pushed us to change direction and get better. All of my friends inspire me to become a better songwriter, bassist, and singer, and I hope I’ve encouraged others to do the same.

If it weren’t for Concord DIY, I don’t know what the fuck I’d be doing with my life. I’m not into sports, I’m not really an activist, I’m not driven by academics. If it weren’t for literally every single one of you who cared enough to read this far into this post and some of you who didn’t I wouldn’t fucking be here. When I wasn’t playing shows, I was dreaming about playing them, planning them, and practicing. There’s a reason all of you saw me, James, and Owen crying our fucking eyes out after the show. It’s because all of you have shaped our lives so much and we’re so fucking sad to see all of it end.

This all means so much to me and I truly fucking hope you guys keep it going. I know I’m posturing like I’m some kind of scene elder when I’m only 18 but here’s some stuff I’ve learned over the years:

  • Form a fucking band or solo project. Just do it as quickly as possible and as soon as you can start practicing. You won’t regret it, don’t wait on it.
  • Practice all the time with your band. Try weekly, just do it all the time until you’re sick of your own songs, then play them some more until you’re no longer sick of them.
  • Start writing originals as soon as you start. You will enjoy playing music so much more if it’s your own material. Songwriting is really hard but at the same time it’s way more simple than I thought it was. Just sling a few chord progressions together, write some lyrics, and you have a song. Shitty originals are far better to witness than shitty covers so get writing!
  • Set up quickly, play your set, and get out quickly.
  • Build a pedalboard, no one wants to see you set up everything on stage.
  • Plan shows all the time, have shows all the time. Use all of your resources, invite everyone who might be remotely interested in music.
  • Be nice and respectful of EVERYONE. Transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism,etc. do not belong in punk rock.

Sorry for preaching to all of you, take everything I say with a grain of salt because I’m just a clueless kid like the rest of you. Be a clueless kid and love everything that you possibly can because there’s never enough of that. There’s so much hate and cynicism and while that stuff is important sometimes try your best to support each other. I made all of my close friends through Concord DIY and I’m going to miss them so fucking much once I’m gone. We talk about everything, from music to politics to relationships and we share our highs and our lowest of lows. We’ve been through shows where we fucked everything up and shows where we fucking killed it. I swear to Satan I did not cry for the entirety of high school until this fucking year when I realized how much I love all of you and now I’m literally crying as I write this. I’m filled with so much sadness writing this because jesus fucking christ I will miss all of you. Please keep all of this going because I derived so much joy and love and experience from all of this and I hope it helps all of you as much as it helped me. The Concord Scene made me ok with being an angsty emo kid and now that I realize that about myself I’m so much happier. You all made me into a better and happier person.

Love everyone because god knows how much I fucking love all of you.

Thanks for sticking with me all these years, it means a lot.

— hugh, for the last time.

 

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Scene Update 7/3/17

Hey pals! This miiight be the last scene update I do which is extremely sad but it’s the fact of the matter because I’m leaving the scene! I’ll write a weepy goodbye post at some point but boy is this not it. Let’s get to it:

  1. Here’s the KLC EP art that’s being released this Friday! We’ll have CD’s and probably tapes!better
  2. This happened a while ago but Boxed Water released Death Machine on June 9th featuring myself on guest gutturals/hair metal screaming!
  3. Nick Owen released “Bass & Drum” on June 14th! Nick’s been playing some of these for a while so it’s great to hear them recorded! 
  4. On July 8th there are three gigs featuring Concord artists! For links check the calendar! Kids Luv Cops have a gig with Fat Shuggy, Ra Saen, Loneranger, and Beautiful Woman: 19780772_870543929789116_1616822639912898551_o
  5. Nick Owen has the other two shows that day, Big Summer Sad Fest during the day featuring Mint Green, Ozlo, Brown Lights, Puppy Problems, Wolvves, Black Beach, Gia Greene, Baja Blasters, Rend, and Bedbug, and then a show at the Burrow with DONKNG, Ploy, and Broadband.18835891_10158750613125023_2246365236600138532_n19642790_941202462687563_616458238059472206_nThese gigs are super cool and hot and lovely so please come out to them!
  6. The following day Kids Luv Cops is playing Sulfest in Tewksbury with Humans and Us, Ice Cream Orphan, Rapture, Casinoland, and Girlscoutcookies! 19510618_1895339140726332_707878022058782097_n
  7. Kids Luv Cops’s last show is happening July 20th at Sandro’s house, hit us up if you want the address and want to come. It’ll have us, Nick Owen, Sarcasm, Lucy Morrison, Christina, Corey Ames, Trashcan Businessman, Muttnik, Pete & The Rabbits, Mushroom Death Suit, and Boxed Water. It’s going to be beautiful and sad and lovely.

– hugh