Randomly stopped into Maxwell’s in Hoboken late last night. I was looking forward to checking out some bands- but similar to sweet-home-Harrisburg, North Jersey is littered not with McDonalds bags and Dunkin Donuts coffee cups, but with crappy cover bands in nearly every bar and venue.
Even the place across the street from my brothers apartment- although ’twas a pretty cool bar, they had some pretty lame acoustic duo from Long Island playing horrible Dave Matthews and Sublime covers. When they said “anything you guys wanna hear?” I belted out “Tenacious D!” – they chuckled and said “sorry man- don’t know any.” (I’m sorry, but if you’re going to play fucking covers all night, you better know one or two Tenacious D tunes.)
ANYWAY- went into Maxwell’s and really dug this band called I.D.K. Immediately thought of early Black Flag/Rollins – and the association is blatant- the lead singer covered in ink and pretty well built and has that same kind of go-ahead-and-try-it…I’ll-kick-your-ass attitude.
Apparently, the I.D.K was a pretty well received North Jersey Hardcore band for about ten years in the early nineties. Touring the country on their “To kill for the good of the fight for the right to be right” EP on Bush League records and followed up with one or two more. But they disbanded for some time from 1998 til today- and now are back again.
I knew nothing of these guys before wandering into Maxwell’s at the end of last night- but was certainly impressed, not only with their live set, but by the dedication and energy being thrown back to them from the forty or fifty kids in front of the stage.
Sort of looking at it as my unexpected good find of the day-
What’s the deal? by I.D.K.