You may not have noticed Maine hardcore punks Outbreak signing on with the Boston-based Bridge Nine label. They got a slew of bands, most famous of which is maybe Sick of It All, with another maybe for the Hope Conspiracy (or maybe that’s just our favorite band name this week). Ryan Outbreak reports the band will be recording during the first two weeks of March with Jim Siegel, who has also worked with the Dropkick Murphys, Blood for Blood, and the Unseen at his Stoughton, Massachusetts-based Outpost studio. This will be Outbreak’s first full-length after a couple of EPs you can get from Bridge Nine — check www.bridge9.com.
Sinferno, all-gal stoner rock purveyors, have a gig at the soon-to-be-moving CBGB’s, January 27. That’s a decent reason to go to New York City.
Have we talked about that WCYY Big Break contest? Look, it’s kind of icky, we agree. Win a chance to open at the State Theatre is a little like win a chance to skate for the Portland Pirates — there’s a chance you’ll get the shit beat out of you, but not much chance you’ll find yourself called up to the big show. Still, we’re interested in the band that won, Cohesive. They’re chock full of scene veterans, but we’ll wait a bit before we label them a supergroup. Former Zoe’s Choicers Mike Fellicitti (he sings) and bassist Jeff Haskell have teamed up with Chuck Yoho (guitars and keys, David’s Playground and B-Movie Extras), guitarist Richard Dugal (once a member of Riot Act, but weren’t we all?), and drummer Mike Leffler (also Riot Act). Already, they’ve recorded about 75 percent of their debut disc with producer Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Guster, Duran Duran), and they kind of sound like those three bands, with a little U2 mixed in. Listen at www.cohesiveonline.com. Cohesive have even mastered three of the tracks with Joe Gaswirt, who has reportedly worked with Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, and Yes. Apparently, they’re playing out of town before they launch in Portland proper, or maybe they’re not really into the Portland thing anymore. You can check it out at the Bull Finch Pub, in Boston, January 27.
We’ve been meaning to mention for a while that Rakish Paddy, Maine’s longest-standing Irish bar band, have secured a residency playing the first and third Fridays at Slainte, Portland’s newest foray into the Irish bar scene. Oh, and ask Sean Sheerins what he does for a living. It may surprise you.
There is a people’s movement building to get Tripe to continue with their reunion, which last saw action at Amigo’s, January 7, in front of a “packed” house (according to the “Sibilance” field office report). Word is, drummer Chicky Stoltz is pretending like it’s hard work to run a restaurant, when everyone knows all he does is play drums in the Westbrook’s eatery/bar’s basement all night, amongst giant drums of used vegetable oil. Oh, and he’s got, like, a six-month-old kid or something. Stoltz, is that the baby we hear crying or you? Dude, we don’t want to hear it. We want more Tripe.