Tying up the loose ends of a life in hardcore from 1986 until yesterday lunchtime

'Punkier-than-thou' - The Wire, June 2013.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Shank, Live in LA, 2003

Shank, Live in LA, 2003 from Jamie Thomson on Vimeo.

Been meaning to get this up on the web in some form for years - because it really was the highlight of our existence as a band. We thought Gilman St a week earlier wouldn't be beaten, but we hadn't counted on the LA kids. And it seemed the perfect way to bow out, too. This is the shortened version that starts about five minutes in, when it starts to get really nuts. It's not that the first five minutes are in any way dull, but who watches an internet video for more than five minutes, really? And I wouldn't want you to miss the real chaos. Some choice quotes from the crowd include: "You guys from Russia rock!", and "Somebody just broke a leg - yaaah!" (He didn't, but I don't think he was going jogging anytime soon either.) On a personal note, today I was actually wearing the very same grey shirt as in this video, cheapskate that I am (although, it does fit me much better these days). That makes that shirt nearly nine years old! Those Dickies guys, they don't fuck around ...


  1. This is so good to see, I was an awkward 16 year old nerd at the time trying to make sense of life, blasting Fiesta grande, worshipping anything 625 thrash, short fast or loud avoiding girls & wondering who the fuck Thomas lens was and why should he have semen in his eye.

    Followed you from Shank to the process & king generator.

    Thank you for putting this up.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, dude! I should really pay more attention to this blog. Have a bunch of stuff to put up ...