All of the Blammo men Boris and two guitarists look like smart geeks and play like madmen. The two women singing are sisters, and Claire (the one with the dildo) also plays guitar. Her sister, Jane, has found Madonna's early wardrobe but sings and growls into the microphone in a way Madonna never could. They play originals and classic punk songs like the aforementioned "Too Drunk to Fuck" and "Blitzkrieg Bop." It's a bit hard to understand the lyrics, but my favorite original, called "Checkout," is about shopping at Meijer.
This band is tight, probably because these musicians have known each other for decades and still practice every week. They play authentic, old-school, fast and loud punk music punctuated with sassy guitar licks and relentless drumming. Think of Blammo as a graceful tool for facing down both midlife boredom and the inevitable day we find ourselves too old, rather than too drunk, to rock.
Blammo headlines the show on Friday, May 6, during the three-night Ladylike Festival at the Elbow Room.
[Originally published in May, 2005.]