Keys to the Streets of Fear
w/DJing through the System
Friday, June 17th
991 Mass Ave. (between Harvard & Central)
9PM / $3 / 21+
I know what you're thinking. Cambridge's main-drag fieldstone-ensconced basement bar doesn't have live music. that's true. but on June 17th Boston's own genre-dusting Keys to the Streets of Fear will erect their sonic architecture in the upstairs room at 991 Massachusetts Avenue, bolstered by the pogo-friendly antics of Providence's sweetthieves, and a few rounds of tube-powered turntablosity from the System (to be explained below).
this show, originally scheduled at the now-silent Overdraught Pub, is a special event courtesy of the kind folks at the Cellar. a mere $3 to get in to the upstairs room, and as usual you can still drink downstairs for no admission fee.
Keys to the Streets of Fear have been constructing blue-hewn walls of sonic terrorism for a scant six months, wrecking rhythm & noise havoc all over the metro area. they have yet to undertake a performance that cannot be reached on bicycle. fresh off their tour with the Cale-era Velvet Underground in 1968, the Fearsmen will be unleashing a set list rife with songs about Jesus, Jane Doe, and a beloved who refuses to "pick up that mess."
sweetthieves are the best thing to come out of Rhode Island - not on Load Records, unsmelling of brackish sea salt, and without menthol additives - in years. resembling an excitedly tipsy Mission of Burma unable to stop themselves from chatting up Sleater-Kinney, the 'thieves have garnered such recent acclaim from questionable rock rags as: "without a doubt the ballsiest performance I have ever witnessed from someone wearing a pastel floral print" (the Noise, May 2005)
and lastly, the System: (product of a Schlitz-induced moment of genius from KttSoF guitarist/crooner Patrick) consists of record players run through the PA, with guitars slung over the PA speakers, up full blast through the amps, so you hear the wax through the PA and all distorted through the pickups and guitar amps. members of KttSoF and sweetthieves will be DJing throughout the evening, and if you choose to show up with what you think is a really good Rod Stewart record that you'd like to hear, well, watch out....
"any record played through the System comes out sounding like seeing the Stones in '71" -- the Weekly Dig, July 2003