Two great tastes that taste great together!
So, for a while, the Geek Husband What Rules has been going to a local venue where bands play in someone’s living room. Seriously, when he says “House shows” they really are in someone’s house, jam-packed with sweaty punk rockers singing, drinking and dancing. Through this venue and our buddy Lukas, the GHWR has met a lot of the local punk rock scene, and quite frankly, a lot of them are nerds.
Ok, maybe not a lot, but one in particular stands out in all his nerdish glory: Ryan of the Damage Done. Ok, maybe more than just him, because if you mention comic books at one of these shows you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by sweaty punk rock boys who are all over telling you their favorite X-men line-up.
I met Ryan at the second to the last GRN STRP show, and in introduction, I walked up and said, “Yeah, I wanted to meet the person with the tattoo second nerdiest to mine.” Ryan has the Millenium Falcon tattooed across his chest.
“Oh, yeah. What’s yours?”
“Nightcrawler from the X-men.”
“That is sooo awesome! Look, I have Wolverine on this bicep!”
The Damage Done’s first ep was named Tusken Hater, and Ryan has the Tusken Hater cartoon tattooed on his hand and wrist. After the tattoo displaying, we talked about Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis and Alan Moore.
Come to think of it, most of the punk rockers I know are nerds. Let’s see, both groups are outcast, non-standard personality types. They dress funny and know a lot of shit you don’t. Yeah, I can’t see any reason why nerds and punks mesh so well.
So, tonight, the GHWR and I and some friends are walking up to a local coffeeshop to see Ryan’s solo project, Jefferson Death Star. It’s accousti-punk, which is becoming more prevalent with bands like Andrew Jackson Jihad, Destruction Island and Wingnut Dishwashers Union.
ETA: Just got back from the show. Ol’ Doris and Goddammit Boy Howdy from Missoula, MT also played, and were awesome! Picked up their EP and Demo. Cannot, however, find them on Myspace. Rrrrrr.
ETA 2: Thanks to Lukas, Here’ s GoddammitBoyHowdy’s Myspace.