I just read Levi Michaels’ article about the Souvenirs/Chrissy Summer show and something about the math doesn’t add up. There are five bands mentioned in the headline, and yet Michaels lists only four bands by name. What happened to Quick Attack, the other band in the headline?
Oh yeah, I play guitar in that band. The singer in our band, Indiana Laub, also set up that show, not some “amorphous task force.” Although I’m a bit disappointed that the reviewer didn’t see fit to watch our set, I’m glad he came to our show – we put a lot of work into setting it up. On the other hand, I am very frustrated with his portrayal of DIY music and our scene in general. Everyone I know who is involved in booking DIY music at the Biko house and elsewhere in Santa Barbara – at least three or four shows every single week – is approachable and friendly, and rarely are we “grimy.” All we really have in common is that we love playing music and setting up shows, and we’d rather not make any money doing it. Rather than filling column inches trying to mystify DIY music and giving another shout out to his friends in Souvenirs, I wish Michaels had done some work himself to find out who set the show up, and perhaps even watched all the bands who played. After all, DIY does stand for “Do It Yourself.”