Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sacramento News & Review Article: Boats!: Hey, hey, hey, bon voyage

Boats!: Hey, hey, hey, bon voyage
Boats! tour circles around most local bands, but not in upstate New York
By Derek Nielsen

Boats! set sail last Wednesday at The Press Club.

Before any interviews went down,
Boats! wanted to clear up certain rumors and misunderstandings that have been following them around. It’s not that the Sacramento-based punk trio is some kind of narcissistic image tyrant, they’ve just received some skewed portrayals in recent printed articles in certain daily papers. Guitarist Matt Leonardo, bassist David Hayden and drummer Jeff Melendez took me aside after a recent R5 Records set to set their record straight:

1. The band name is Boats!, with just one exclamation mark. Got it?
There’s Boats, the Boats, even Boats!!, the latter band I accidentally contacted about doing this interview (and apparently had the name first, although why the hell would two exclamation marks be part of your name; do boats get you that hyped?).

2. Boats! does not play “pusscore.”
Just for a laugh, the band members once got a family portrait of them taken at Sears. The photo has them against a white backdrop, and they’re wearing white clothes, flowers, big smiles and warm hugs. It’s friggin’ adorable.
They had no idea, however, that that picture would end up getting used pretty much every time someone wrote about them in print. “We look pretty lame,” bassist Hayden says. “I can totally see why so many people consider us pusscore.”

3. Boats! isn’t all about money.
Cash is not the driving factor in Boats!, despite the impression you’d get after reading their Sacramento Bee interview last summer. Income to cover touring and recording expenses—and maybe some food scrilla—is all the band wants. They didn’t start the band with the idea that they’d make a lot of money, as stated in said interview.

4. Boats! does stuff.
Rumors dispelled, Boats! are setting their sights forward: They have a Canadian tour lined up in August and a full U.S. tour this fall. Their new EP, Summer Vacation, also will drop this summer, distributed here by May Cause Dizziness Records and in the United Kingdom by No Front Teeth Records.
Leonardo is forthright in discussing how he wrote songs for the new record: “I’ll listen to a ton of Clorox Girls, Black Dahlias and Autistic Youth, then stop listening to them for a while. Then I’ll sit down and play something that sounds like that, but put different words over it, and that’s how Boats! songs get written.”

5. Boats! will draw the line—and that line is somewhere in upstate New York.
While they are psyched on the new release, touring has always been what drives Boats! They’ve already logged tens of thousands of miles and have the stories to prove it.
“We can’t go back to Albany,” Hayden explains. The story goes: Last summer, the day after the Fourth of July, a road-weary and mildly apathetic Boats! arrived in Albany to play at some locals’ party.
“They were pretty nice, but a little too crazy for us,” Leonardo continues. The dude from the door handed Boats! a wad of cash while they set up. Cool.
“[Then] we start playing, and the crowd starts shooting fireworks at us!” Leonardo recalls.
Not really down to catch a Roman candle to the face, Leonardo told the crowd to stop, otherwise they’d stop playing. “They told us ‘Fuck you, we’re punk rock from upstate! San Francisco is that way, fags!’” he says. It was just too nuts, so Boats! stopped playing.
“They still shot fireworks at us while we loaded up our stuff,” he says.
The band desperately tried to get organized and leave before the door manager came back looking for his money. But sure enough, a fat, sweaty, inebriated dude approached wielding a baseball bat. But after muscling Leonardo out of the money, the doorman then threw Hayden on the hood of the van and tried to make out with him.
The drunken crowd sang the chorus to “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” as the band sped away. “Some people from there even left us some comments on MySpace saying, ‘Hey, you guys should totally come back to Albany … not!!!’” Hayden laughs.

Wait, was that three exclamation marks?
Boats! play with Xenophobes and Botox Party on June 25, 9 p.m.; $5; 21 and over. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th Street;

Sunday, June 14, 2009

weekend disaster!

So we we're set up for a pretty good three day weekend of shows. 1st stop, Hollywood, 2nd Flagstaff az, 3rd Back to Los angeles and head home. Friday morning, went to Hertz got our rental car...We got the Maza5 this time

Stopped by the bodyshop (old strip club) my moms bf bought it and is turning it into an all ages club. totally rad, and see good things comming from it. came home, made myself a tuna fish sandwitch, screen printed 5 Large shirts, and got everything else we'd need for the weekend ready. We hit the road by 1ish. Later than we expected, but still made good time getting to Hollywood. The drive isnt that long, but sometimes feels a whole hella of a lot longer each time we make the trip....

Pulled into Hollywood around 7ish, just enough time to check in, and work out our gear arrangements with TORA! TORA! TORA! Ryan mudd missunderstood my e-mail and thought we only needed to bar a guitar amp! here's where the awkwardness starts....His band had no idea, and while talking to their bassist, I threw out, "it's cool if I still use you're bass amp right?" he had the confused looked, "i didn't know you needed to barrow my amp." but he said it'd be cool But than Rough kids were short of gear also, and than it turned SUPER AWKWARD. tora tora tora wasnt cool with it, which is understandable, but they didn't leave it at that..They kinda kept bringing it up, and how it was bullshit they'd ask last min, totally understandable again, but it just made it more awkward and now there was some major tension going on...Tora! Tora! tora! played 1st, I was impressed, Ryan played guitar way way better than I was expecting.

Afterwards rough kids played..I was totally facebooking it during one of their songs and ethan totally karate kicked my phone out of my hand...I thought my phone was broken for a hot min, which I just bought it monday..fuck, but it turned out to be fine...Than Between the drummer and bassist of tora tora tora things were flying on and off stage! My Pb&J sandwhich I had made ended up getting throwing at each other, till Ethan (rough kids) Was singing, grabbed the mic and chucked it at Bassist of tora tora toras head, jumped off stage with his guitar still in hand, landing on bassist head punching away, and all of a sudden a huge brawl breaks out in the room...the rest of Rough kids dove off stage to join the fight..Fists finally stopped flying, security made their way into the room and shut the show down. we we're one song away from playing our set! LAME! so we spent sorta a lot of money on a rental car, and gas to not play la...

As everyone was packing their gear...Ryan mudd hears about the fight, ask's who cause it, went up and started throwing punches! Another fight breaks out in the lobby of the knitting factory in front of All these Hip hop people...GO FIGURE! The hip hop show in the bigger roomer, where guys were being patted down for weapons was way more tame than the silly punk show we had...

Anyway, shit cleared up and we went to a party we we're trying to play..We didn't end up playing, but the BASSIST of the donnas was there, and we we're totally hanging with her. We we're kinda tired, and over the night, so we went to kirks house. I ended up waking up, running to the bathroom, asked kirk if anyone was in there and told him, "im gonna throw up!" turn around start running to the front door, hear him "this way this way!" turn back around, run out the back door and start throwing up all over his backyard...After i finally got it out, I went back to bed, but I kept waking up every other hour throwing up. I had no food in my system so it was straight gross stomic acid. At 6 in the morning, I dunno if it was me over exsaturadting, or not, but I felt like i was going into shock or something...My hands felt like they feel asleep, only they felt like I was being electricuted, and the feeling moved into my stomach and legs...

We decided to cut our looses short, and head home instead of spending even more money to get to flagstaff and back to Los angeles...Plus with all the puking I did, wasn't really in the mood to drive hella far to we came home, Hertz is closed on sunday, cant even return the car till tomorrow (lame)....But all in all, with all the bullshit that happend this weekend, we had fun..Hope everyone in tora tora tora and rough kids are alright, and hopefully next time we actually play before shit like that happends lol

Friday, June 5, 2009


Wednesday August 5th, 2009
w/ Idle Threats, The Hollowbodys, Stench of lies
35 S Bartlett St.
Medford, OR 97501
21+ 9PM $5

Thursday August 6th, 2009
Portland, OR

Friday August 7th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, Si Si Si, Blue Ribbon Boys
206 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
21+ 9PM $5

Tuesday August 11th, 2009
w/ Bird's Mile Home, Train Song, Blue Boy Destroy
112 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802
18+ 8PM $5

Wednesday August 12th, 2009
w/ The Grocery Boys, The Lot Lizards
1317 N. Howard St.
Spokane, WA 99201
All Ages 8PM $5

Thursday August 13th, 2009
w/ The Pranks
Portland, OR

Friday August 14th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, Skeevies
522 NE F St.
Grants Pass, WA 97526
All Ages 8PM $5

Saturday August 15th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, H. Letham
3600 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
All Ages 8PM $5

Sunday August 16th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, Prima Donna
7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
All Ages 8PM $8

Monday August 17th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, The Powerchords, Prima Donna, The Glossines
3519 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
21+ 8PM $5

Tuesday August 18th, 2009
w/ The Pranks
901 F St.
Fresno, CA 93706
All Ages 8PM $5

Wednesday August 19th, 2009
w/ The Pranks, The Spurts!, Horror-x
1600 17th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
21+ 8PM $5

*From August 13th-August 19th we will be touring with THE PRANKS