Thursday, May 14, 2009

BOATS! has been nominated for a SAMMIE!

"Boats! may be a local oi!-free punk trio on the pop side of the fence, but their riffage skews streetside—gritty guitars slash like tinfoil cuts; lyrics hinge on working-class tomfoolery. Their best asset, however, is their tempo: two-minute songs that don’t belabor things, two-riff ditties with smart bass lines and no-frills-just-fills drums. Oh, and they play hella shows." N.M.

thats right! BOATS! are up for a Sammie this year for "Outstanding Punk/Hardcore." we're up against Another Damn Disappointment, Consider the Thief, Dance Gavin Dance, Final Summation, Hoods, Lost Freedom, Pressure Point and A Single Second. are we gonna win?! probably not. bout wouldnt it be redick if we did!! lol


Chek out the old Sacramento News & Review Article "Not quite yacht rock" by Nick Miller HERE

Thursday, May 7, 2009 Article: Boats! Taking sail and making waves

Boats! Taking sail and making waves
by Laura Winn

Boats! live at R5 Records on May 2, 2009, Photo by Laura Winn

Boats! are taking sail and making waves with their catchy power pop punk sound and steady time on the road. Matt Leonardo (vocals/guitar), David Hayden (bass), and Jeff Melendez (drums) play punk that has influences of everything from 70s bands like Buzzcocks to more current bands like The Briefs. Boats! keep it short, simple and snappy with most songs clocking in at around two minutes.

Boats! have toured relentlessly since their first show in August 2007. They played nearly 100 shows in 2008 alone. The band’s strong work ethic seems to be paying off this year with a 2009 SAMMIE nomination for "Outsanding Punk/Hardcore Band" and an upcoming release on No Front Teeth Records/May Cause Dizziness. The band hopes to release their 10 inch album in June.

I caught Boats! live in action at R5 Records on Saturday, May 2. Although Saturday’s lineup centered on Pansy Division singer Jon Ginoli’s book read and acoustic set, Boats! held their own following Ginoli’s performance.

As Boats! sailed through their set, the band’s popularity was plain to see as fans shouted out song requests and sang along to songs like “Motorcycle Weekend,” “Heart of Gold,” and “My Mother was Right.” (My mother was right/I shoulda stayed with you/Well now my boat has gone to sea/I wish you still want to be with me.)

As I watched the bassist dance around the stage, I was reminded of Green Day’s bassist Mike Dirnt in both sound and movement. Also similar to Green Day are Leonardo's vocals, which sometimes mimic a bad (but good for singing) British accent. Still, Boats! are no Green Day copycats. They have been influenced by the greats in power pop/pop punk and have created a sound and image that is best described in one word simple, punctuated word: Boats!

Hear Boats! Listen to their tunes on Myspace.

Follow Boats! Read about their tour adventures on their blog.

See Boats! Attend their next Sacramento show on May 15 at West Capitol Bowl.

To see the original Article go HERE


Sunday, May 3, 2009

This isn't a Bro Party for you're Bro friends.

Friday Night we drove up to Reno. It was rainy the whole trip up...And David being the Gerber baby that he is, started catching a lil Anxiety. We got to The HQ (house that we played) around 7:30ish..Greeter the house mates, talked to this guy who kept trying to remember, and how he screwed us over on a Cute Lepers show we we're Suppose to play but ended up not happening..Anyway Show didnt start till 8:30, 1st band was a total metal band that wasn't all that good...Didn't look like all that many people there. After their set it was our turn, but before we played this Kid Austin who lived at the house went around asking people for a $5 donation. He was TOTALLY calling everyone out... "The show is $5 do you got any money? Girl: No. Austin: we'll okay this isnt a show so Have a goodnight night Sweetheart... Austin, Hey man you got $5 this isnt a free show. Bro guy: i'll give you $5 if I decide to stay at the show, I've only got $20. Austin: Well this isn't a Bro show for you and all your bro friends man, have a goodnight bro" Bro..walks off past us, looking a lil mad bro: "man you need to calm the fuck down"...I couldnt help but enjoy myself when he called the bro out, specially when the bro was claiming not to be a bro...But was totally a "BRO!" We barrowed Royal Nobles gear. They forgot cymbols so they had to go run and get em, Meanwhile...we got our shit togather, and the basement litteraly had only 4 people in it. Kinda thinking it was gonna be suck down for us. The cymbols arrived, and the BASEMENT PACKED! I probably over exstaurate, but it looked like 80-100 people. The Kids danced, and enjoyed our set. We got paid well...Watched Royal noble, They were rad, I dug their drummers style...After them, we hit the road quick, and Hit some snow on the way home...Was a little worried being that we we're in a tiny toyota corlla.

Last night May 2nd Saturday. We played R5 Records. The Enlows Opened (David's 1st show with them) The set was good good! And was a lot of fun playing guitar for a change. Jon from Pansy division quickly Jumped on stage after ourset and Did his book reading and accoustic set. Both I was a lil nervous for considering you have to watch your P's & Q's at R5 records. But it went over well...I posted the event on several sacramento gay message boards. And Half the crowd was a gay crowd. Faces we've never seen before. I highly enjoyed seeing some of the gay community out at the show, and they stuck around for our set...Of course sacramento being sacramento, we played and the crowd just stood and watched and looked bored, but they stuck around and thats all that matters! It was a fun night, and to end it off, we went to the doghouse where Papa tom ended up having to bitch slap some drunken idiot who got out of line.