Speak In Tongues photos: Flying Luttenbachers, Allergic to Whores, Ex-Models
What a crazy transitional time period this was! Two months prior, the Twin Towers in New York had been destroyed in the flames of 9/11. The dotcom bust was just around the corner (though some—like me—would argue that Ohio had been in an economic downturn since about 1998).
The punk rock touring band network which had raged so strongly from Black Flag to the present was, well, flagging.
Everything felt like it was about to take a permanent nosedive.
But perhaps our the paranoia was particularly acute because we were worried about our venue—our home, Speak In Tongues. Would it go go kaput after a long run? There were ominous signs.
Rumors abounded that the communists upstairs were selling the building (Cleveland had the oldest extant IWW party chapter in America and they held Speak In Tongues’ lease). There were strange people poking around. What to do?
SIT had recently switched to a collective structure and I was a member, so I decided to take advantage and book as many shows as possible. Drummer / bandleader / composer / only constant member Weasel Walter and his Flying Luttenbachers from Chicago were old friends at this point (the story of how we originally connected at the Phantasy under hostile optical gunfire from the staff of Alternative Press deserves it’s own post someday). I had always felt the Luttenbachers were not well served by local clubs and bars who, at this moment in time, were not so jazzed about the jazz.
Could I do better? I lured the Luttenbachers and Ex-Models to Speak In Tongues. Could SIT turn it out?
Well I’m happy to announce that we did. We freaking packed the place—on a Tuesday in December even—and had an exceptional show.
I snapped photos when I could (on a disposable drugstore camera—digital was still priced in the stratosphere) in between doing door duty. See below.
You should listen to this contemporary Luttenbachers album while you view the pix
Thanks once again to anyone who came to the show! And PLEASE hit me up if I missed a name or mixed up some details. I have no excuse except my brain is shot!
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