REVIEW: The Queers at Churchill’s Pub
Every time The Queers come to town I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to go see them. I’ve seen them more than any other band in my life and although they’ve had a few spotty moments over their 30 plus year career they have consistently released solid outings and played phenomenal shows.
My first writing job for a national publication was for Flipside Magazine and was an in memoriam for drummer Hugh O’ Neil who had succumbed to cancer back in 1999. I’ll never forget attending a Queers show in Miami Beach after Hugh’s death and introducing myself to Joe Queer as the guy who had written the article about Hugh. Joe got teary-eyed, hugged me and said it meant the world to him and Hugh’s family.
Apparently my in memoriam piece had been passed around by O’ Neil’s family as testament to his legacy. I was floored. For me it legitimized the importance of the written word. No matter how shitty my writing was at 17 or how deplorable it is now almost 20 years later that like punk rock ANYONE could put pen to paper and have a deep, powerful and exponential effect on others. I also realized how unbelievably accessible and humble Joe Queer was.
However it wasn’t until tonight’s show that I pieced together that The Queers have been there through some of the most important moments in my life — from covering their songs in my old punk band to strategically placing Queers songs in mixtapes in an attempt to woo my then girlfriend / future wife to all the friends I’ve made around the world just because we happen to really like this silly little band from Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Monkys / Malas Palabras I’m looking at you). Hell they’d even show up again when I ran Livid Records which released a couple of records by former members of the band notably Jon Cougar Concentration Camp’s My Hair Hurts and Geoff Useless’ Don’t Stop. It always seems to circle back to Joe’s music.
Joe it’s now me humbly saying thank you. I can’t wait to play your music for my son and tell him all about you, Hugh and all the other great players you’ve brought up along the way or about how much his mom loved the song Peppermint Girl off the mixtape his dad made for her all those years ago.
As far as this being a review piece for last night’s show at Churchill’s Pub. Simply said it was their best show I’ve seen. Fast, loud and non-stop. The Queers are most definitely here!
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