This was supposed to be the kick-off to The Credentials' summer tour and the release of their new LP, but they ran into van trouble and didn't show up... this was my first time seeing The Book Slave since a couple of years ago, and I was amazed at how much more physical their stage performance has become. Lots of stomping and jumping around, which is pretty good considering they're just a two-piece. Their material is much stronger, too; I forget how I described them the last time, but their songs are built around churning, dissonant guitar parts -- like the parts of those Sonic Youth songs where they're just on cruise control-- with some twisted, heavier parts in between. They introduced one song as being about "younger kids going to shows and treating bands like heroes so then the bands think they can get away with acting like idiots and writing shitty songs", which I thought was
"Surfing The Trough"