Life on Long Island
Classic punk, live at Revolution
Punk has gotten to the point where it has become quite mature . . . so to say.
The genre isn't known to be an art form that depends on its purveyors to perform with grace and civility, but with a good number of today’s active acts able to brag that their average ages surpass 30 years — and in certain cases, 40 — it’s clear that punk isn't just for (or by) kids anymore.
Some of the older bands best-known for delivering the unabashed, often loud form of DIY (“Do It Yourself”) music have gone on to find mainstream acceptance (such as Green Day, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Social Distortion) — but there are also several senior groups that, despite never achieving pop radio play or commercial success, have maintained a fan base while continuing to put out new material and tour — and on Wednesday, Nov. 6, a few of those long-lived crews will be taking the stage at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville.
The scheduled headliners are to be The Dickies, who have managed to keep rolling since emerging from Los Angeles in 1977. The first California punk group to ever be signed by a major record label (A&M), it has suffered tragic losses along the way (three of its members have passed since its inception), but The Dickies still feature 57-year old, original lead singer Leonard Graves Phillips and 58-year old Stan “Stan Lee” Soble on lead guitar.
Also on the bill are bands that are not only relatively long-lived, but based on Long Island — the most prominent being hockey-obsessed Two Man Advantage, a group that features Merrick-native members that first came together in 1997 — and Jones Crusher, which has Bethpage-born associates that have been bringing hard sounds to area stages since 1994.
The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and will also offer sets from bands Boogie Brains (from Valley Stream) and No Control (Ronkonkoma). Tickets are available in advance online at ticketweb.com; for more information visit clubloaded.com. Age of admission is 18 and older.
Revolution Bar & Music Hall: 140 Merrick Rd. Amityville, 631-264-7712