Tag Archives: Lorien Lamarr

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Pool Kids

Every year at FEST there’s a band that I’d never heard of who blows me away. This year it’s Pool Kids. The sound was hard and raw with breathy and throaty vocals, which is usually enough of a dichotomy on its own to draw my attention, but then there were twinkly noodley guitars and a billion time signature changes and I died.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Apes Of The State

I thought, “So this is what happens when someone like me finds a guitar when they get clean instead of a camera.” There’s something magical about finding a thing—whatever that thing is—that makes you happy and doing it… intentionally and with purpose.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Truth Cult

By the end of the Truth Cult’s set, the vocalist was bleeding. I’m tempted to say this band is a danger to themselves and others, but in a satisfying way that I don’t want them to stop or even slow down.

On the road with Walt Hamburger by Lorien Lamarr

Walt Hamburger used to be best known for his role in the punk trio The Hamburgers. Working merch, at least once per show I explained that Hamburger was not Walt’s given surname, saying “It’s sorta like Joey Ramone, except instead of Ramone, he’s a Hamburger.”

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Hex Girlfriends

I caught up with them in August at the Meadworks where they played a suicide prevention benefit that included circus arts performances and a kombucha tasting.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Jukebox Romantics

There’s no denying the influence The Bouncing Souls had on The Jukebox Romantics, so filling the tiny bar in Jersey with Souls fans fresh from a celebratory show sparked a perfect storm of pogoing and fast but light-hearted punk.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Abertooth Lincoln

I was already excited to see antifascist anti-white supremacist screaming, so when Abertooth Lincoln got on stage and looked like Seven of Nine from Stark Trek with their backing band as most of the cast of “Reno 911!”, I knew I had underestimated them, despite having high expectations to begin with.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column – Pity Party

Pity Party writes bummer punk as far as you know…. Why? Doesn’t it look like a downer?

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column – Ramona

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The first time I saw Ramona they joked that they were more than a just a meme-sharing group of friends; they also had sick tracksuits. That’s the kind of attitude I want from my pop punk: self aware with a sense of humor.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column – Zeta

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The members of Zeta are from Venezuela and have applied for permanent U.S. residency after touring in the United States for the last two years. . If you want to show your support for keeping this inspiring and hardworking band together, you can sign the petition on change.org.