Last Thursday, I walked into the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district and spotted Devin Frank sipping a PBR tallboy. The Poison Control Center guitarist sat alone until I joined him, and together we watched a projection on the wall of a bizarre Japanese live-action Spider-Man show from the ’70s as opening act Genius and the Thieves played in the back room. (Another group, Victory and Associates, closed out the night.)
Not long after I met up with the rest of the Ames-based rockers, whom I hadn’t seen on stage since last September when they toured in support of Sad Sour Future. This night they played some tracks off their new album, Stranger Ballet. It was classic PCC: Frank playing upside-down rolling around the stage, David Olson killing it on drums, Joe Terry singing chill indie-rock melodies. And Patrick Tape Fleming, as Ames Prog editor Nate Logsdon once put it, “running, stomping, howling, stretching, shredding, reaching, jutting, FUCKING SOMERSAULTING.”
It was dark, and I’d been drinking, but I took a few photos of the show:
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