I had a blast shooting The Flesh Eaters show Saturday night at Union Stage in Washington, D.C. The band features members of three of my all-time favorite groups — X, The Blasters, and Los Lobos — backing the vocals of punk poet Chris Desjardins (aka Chris D).
The group's gumbo-style approach to music — one that blends blues, punk rock, garage band jangle as well as jazz-style riffs — was on full display as this special lineup played on the East Coast for the first time.
The group features Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman (The Blasters), John Doe and D.J. Bonebrake of X, and Steve Berlin (The Blasters and Los Lobos). They formed the 1981 lineup that recorded "A Minute to Pray" and have reunited intermittently over the years. Last fall, a scheduling window allowed the group to reform and record "I Used to Be Pretty." Before returning to their respective groups, they embarked on a short tour that ended Sunday in New York.
Tons of fun.
The rock trio Porcupine opened Saturday night with a 45-minute set highlighted by songs from its recent EP, “What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real,” released in November.
Led by Casey Virock on guitars/vocals and drummer Ian Prince, the band received a boost when former Husker Du bass player Greg Norton joined the group in 2016. Norton, who hasn’t been on an extended tour since 1989, clearly enjoyed playing in Washington, D.C. for the first time since Husker Du broke up.