A Lot of Bollocks
by on May 20, 2018 in Bollock's Blog

Since the last Bollocks Blog appeared on this site, there have been Bollocks all over NYC. At least, that’s how it has seemed. Having not played a single gig between November 2017 and the start of this month (May), we’ve now played four since May 2nd, and with more still to come in the next few weeks.

First on the agenda was the iconic Shrine in Harlem. If you’ve never been there…well, you should. It hasn’t become an icon by just saying that it’s an icon. Au contraire, mes amis. If you sidle in there just about any day or night of the week, you’ll see some remarkable and eclectic musicians. The band before us was Japanese. They had an MC wearing a traditional kimono, and a huge red bowtie. Not sure what that was about, but even if you don’t speak Japanese, it was impossible not to be enthralled. It’s hard to say how enthralling The Dog’s Bollocks was, but we played loud and hard and had a great time. Much thanks to Jackie Champe, Francesca Love, Ajay Sharma, Elissa Erwin, Pat Lewis, Ellen Dumlao, Walt Murphy and a bunch of others for showing up, as well as to the Shrine itself – a fantastic venue. Get over there, get a beer and bask in the vibe.

Next up for us, on May 6th, was the world’s finest Liverpool FC boozer and the Bollocks’ official home drinking establishment – Carragher’s on West 39th St. The location is important, as it’s just around the corner from our rehearsal studio on 8th Avenue, so hauling all our gear over there was easy. But there was good news and bad news. The bad news was that Liverpool lost 1-0 to Chelsea (who subsequently won the FA Cup); the good news (for us) was that we played for almost two hours, debuting a bunch of new cover songs, plus several originals. The potential for disaster was enormous, but it all went great. After which, we got down to some serious day-drinking with the Killdeers – Jennifer Robinson, Jackie Champ and Robin Marisco – the aforementioned Pat Lewis, Elissa Irwin, Lisa Valentino, Monique Brown, Liz Giugliano and some woman who claimed she was from Liverpool (though clearly wasn’t) whom we hung out with because she got up in Pat’s face and told him, “Hey! This isn’t a good bad! This is a fucking good band!” Basically, that’s all it takes. Carragher’s is always fun. #YNWA (Google).

Then, on May 15th, it was the celebrated Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A, Lower East Side. If you play music in NYC, you always want to play Sidewalk.  Just because. It’s legendary. Also terrifying (for us), as our set comprised almost entirely original songs, most of which we hadn’t had time to play more than once or twice. But we got through it, and – not bragging or anything, just saying – it sounded pretty darn good. Thanks to Dan Smith, Sam Cavin, Elissa Erwin, Bracewell Polo and Regan’s cousin Anne Gordon for coming out on a feckin’ thunderous night – literally. It was the apocalypse. Also notable was that, as we hung out after our set listening to a poet singing “I like boobs a lot, boobs a lot, boobs a lot” accompanied by a woman of a certain age on the banjo, in comes the lead guitarist from the legendary Bad Brains, plants himself down and hangs out for a while. No doubt he’d heard that the Bollocks were on. Shame he missed us. Rather than listening to “I like boobs a lot,” he could have heard, “We grab you by the rocks and we want you to roll.” Way more meaningful. Cerebral. Anyway, Sidewalk was brillyant. Check it out.

Finally, and most recently – meaning last night (May 19th) – we played the famed Parkside Lounge on East Houston Street – also LES, which seems to be our manor. Well, this was one for the books. A fantastic and fun venue, as usual the Bollocks were in the house an hour or so early, mainly to minimize stress but also to see whoever else was playing. Well, shag me sideways. Up before us was Boston-based Best Not Broken. Bloody hell, they were brilliant. If the opportunity arises to see them, make it your duty. You will not be disappointed. Being honest, it was terrifying having to go on after them. But such was our lot and we embraced it. Embraced it a bit too hard, it would seem; two songs in and one guitar is fucked. So what happens? Eric Jackson, lead singer from Best Not Broken, strides forward with his gazillion dollar Strat – “Here, use this” – and saves the day. I mean, that’s a true gentleman (which is the highest form of praise where I come from). All we can say is, heartfelt thanks from the bottom of our bollocks (if that’s not way gross). But, true – they are amazing. Give them a serious listen. Parkside was a truly fun place to play. Such nice people. Get in there, spend some dough, listen to some great music. You will be happy.

So, that’s bringing you up to date with all the Bollocks news. We’ve got a few more gigs coming up – Connolly’s Klub on June 7th, the Delancey on June 17th, Piano’s on June 26th, The Bitter End on August 24th – with probably more to be added. So here’s the deal: come to them all and you will get your very own, specially made, custom-designed Dog’s Bollocks badge. (In America, they call them buttons, which makes no sense to me, but so it goes). Anyway, you get your very own DB badgebutton. We’re down to our last 5000 so they’re certain to be collector’s items (if you’re into collecting weird looking things of no value). See you there!

Rock on.
The Dog’s Bollocks

The Dog’s Bollocks live at Parkside Lounge, NYC

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