Say it ain’t so, Joe…
Alas, ’tis true. BEWARE! The Other Head of Science – one of the most adventurous live bands to ever call Nippertown home – is hanging it up. Closing up shop. Going their separate ways. KAPUT!
NAME: Matt Ferguson
BAND AFFILIATION: BEWARE! the Other Head of Science, Desperately Obvious, numerous B3nson projects
INSTRUMENT: mostly guitars and synthesizers. and confetti.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … This is a tough one because I’m pretty sure most of my earliest cassettes were gifts since I never had any money (some things never change). I started out just taping songs that I liked off of the radio onto blank cassettes. FLY 92’s “Top 10 at 10” used to actually play the Smashing Pumpkins, the Flaming Lips and even Metallica, so I used to stay up late and wait for something that I wanted and then hit “record.” I stole a copy of Pete Townshend’s “White City” from my father, I thought that was the greatest stuff ever at the time. But around fifth or sixth grade, I started liking stuff that my family wouldn’t get me, so most likely it was either Weird Al Yankovic’s “Dare to Be Stupid” or Green Day’s “Dookie.” Some people might be embarrassed to admit that, but I’ve still got them all. And now I’m debating whether or not I should return that Pete Townshend tape to my dad.
Photographer Jason Lehr soaked up the freaky sights and sounds of the annual Halloween Freak-Out at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday night, and he reported in with these fab photos of Beware! The Other Head of Science, Around the World and Back, Sea of Trees and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned:
All this week, Nippertown.com is celebrating the haunted Halloween season. Here’s today’s suggestion…
It’s the third annual Halloween Freak-Out at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday night.
As coneisseurs of the Nippertown music scene already are well aware, nobody does trick-or-treating quite like weirdo-popsters BEWARE! The Other Head of Science.
And they’re back at Valentine’s once again, leading the charge with an all-star line-up of bands that includes B3nson labelmates Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Around the World and Back (direct from their cover story on last week’s Metroland) and Sea of Trees.
Doors open at 7:30pm on Friday; music starts at 8pm. Admission is just $7 at the door.
As BEWARE! proclaims, “Expect tricks, treats, seizure inducing antics and an all-around great time!”
And, yes, of course there will be a costume contest, so get freaky.
PREVIOUS HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS:
The Mysteios’ “Cemetery Girl”
The humidity was high, and the activity beehive-like. The band gear was loaded into the Garage. The in-case-it-rains tents came out. The younger library staff wheeled out racks of CDs and DVDs for the garage sale, along with crates of records (Hope you like Melanie). Even VHS and cassette tapes.
Charmboy and Beware! The Other Head of Science were the line-up for “Garage Bands in the Garage at the Albany Public Library.” The third-Friday-of-the-month free summer concert series is the brain-child of librarian Sarah Clark, who pulled double-duty on Friday as Charmboy’s bassist. In an effort to shed her mild mannered, book-pushing, shusher image, Sarah donned a wig and rock-star sunglasses to hit the concrete bunker of the garage/loading dock. Joined by rock steady drummer Scott Smith and blistering guitarist Eric Hadler, Charmboy kicked off the show with a stellar set of ’70s-tinged rockers.
Matt Ferguson revealed that his band Beware! The Other Head of Science’s performance was to be a “stripped down, just the hits, no-nonsense affair.” I pushed him on the no-confetti issue, and he said, “Our confetti use has been under review since we discovered that the silver streamers may not actually be as bio-degradable as we had first believed.” Undaunted, B!TOHoS launched into an energetic set of songs well known to their die-hard following, who quickly rushed to the front of the band, who played to them eye-to-eye. One new number on the theme of LARPing was debuted to keep things fresh.
The garage sale drew many happy bin-browsers and earned the library some extra funds. I am regretting passing on that Melanie vinyl.
Review and photographs by Matt Mac Haffie
Next up on the library’s Garage Bands in the Garage free concert series are Grainbelt and the Knyghts of Fuzz at 6pm on Friday, August 20.