words by Craig Mertes
I caught the last song of the night’s opening band, The Pills, who play hard, driving punk rock. I look forward to checking out their entire set the next time they play out. Kid, You’ll Move Mountains hail from the Chicago area but have ties to Milwaukee (featuring an ex-member of Twinstar, Jim Hanke). They overflowed the Brew Haus stage with all of their instruments and put together a tight set of indie rock.
A couple of songs into Bleed’s set Saturday night at the Bay View Brew Haus, they introduced themselves: “We are Bleed and we like to rock.” Simple, yet incredibly true as Bleed continued to tear through their own brand of Sonics-influenced garage punk. Bleed has only played a handful of shows here in Milwaukee over the last several years due to members living in other cities across the country, and it was a true treat to have them back for the Radio Summer Camp. Their set included an Etta James cover, a couple of “new” songs plus plenty of familiar favorites and Bob’s requisite performance atop a table within the crowd. It was a real pleasure for the everyone in attendance to see Bleed play live again and the Bob, Dave and Bart threw down the rock as if they’ve been playing regularly for the last several years.
I haven’t seen Jaill perform before, so I don’t have the ability compare their performance last night earlier ones, but to me they seemed somewhat flat and a little distracted. At one point they mentioned having taken some time off of music recently. However, it was very nice to hear live versions of the catchy pop from That’s How We Burn. I look forward to catching them at the Cactus Club on October 12th.
WMSE DJ Craig Mertes hosts The Shape of Rock. The Shape of Rock airs every Tuesday from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. CST on WMSE with host, DJ Craig Mertes. Tune in at 91.7 FM or at WMSE.org. Check out Craig’s blog at http://theshapeofrock.blogspot.com/