The Birmingham Straight Edge

Mike Parsons. Birmingham, AL USA

Had this odd sized frame and decided to use it for four fliers from the early 2000’s Birmingham venues. Two from the Boiler Room, one from Barnstormer’s, and one from The Two Way. I don’t remember the years of each but they took place in 2001 and 2002. A few notes:

- The Boiler Room was huge. If it had been a “pro” venue it probably could have held 1200 people or so. Maybe more. Good Clean Fun had recently bought wireless adapters for their amps and mics, so they decided to “put them to real use” and threw a soccer ball out during their song Shopping for a Crew. We all (band members included) kicked the ball around the venue as they played the song. One of my favorite memories from this era. I still have a GCF shirt I bought at this show somewhere.

- I moshed a lot at that Poison The Well show. Singer of codeseven freaked out everyone with his ramblings about being abducted by aliens.

- Nuts to think about how big ETID, Norma Jean, and Bleeding Through got. Had that show taken place 2-3 years later they would have had to play a 1000 cap venue.

- The building that was The Boiler Room is now a strip club called The Fox Trap.

- The hopesfall show took place when they had their original lineup. I never took them seriously when they had so many member changes. Those post-Takehold albums suck in my opinion. They covered “Anything” by Third Eye Blind at that show.

- Excuse my disgusting kitchen floor.

Last week I helped an old friend of mine pack up some things to put in storage. I’ve tried to only post things from my personal collection here, but this was too great to not post. Original Samiam shirt from the “Billy” era. My friend said he ordered it through the mail from New Red Archives, and that one of the only times Samiam played Birmingham was opening for Creed (Ha!) at Five Points Music Hall sometime in ‘97 or ‘98. My first trip to the music hall was around the same time, maybe ‘99, for a 311 show. Anyway, according to him Samiam were opening for Creed because of their major label deal at the time. He and Kelly Reaves from Haste were two of the few people at the show to specifically see them and were almost ejected for getting up front and singing along, pissing off Creed’s fans.
I got to see Samiam a couple of years back at the “new” Krazy Fest in Louisville, KY. They were amazing. 

Last week I helped an old friend of mine pack up some things to put in storage. I’ve tried to only post things from my personal collection here, but this was too great to not post. Original Samiam shirt from the “Billy” era. My friend said he ordered it through the mail from New Red Archives, and that one of the only times Samiam played Birmingham was opening for Creed (Ha!) at Five Points Music Hall sometime in ‘97 or ‘98. My first trip to the music hall was around the same time, maybe ‘99, for a 311 show. Anyway, according to him Samiam were opening for Creed because of their major label deal at the time. He and Kelly Reaves from Haste were two of the few people at the show to specifically see them and were almost ejected for getting up front and singing along, pissing off Creed’s fans.

I got to see Samiam a couple of years back at the “new” Krazy Fest in Louisville, KY. They were amazing. 

Here we have a reprint of the Striking Distance - “Hated” design made by Bridge 9 last year.

I was really glad these got reprinted because I had their “March To Your Grave” design and sold it a few years back. Why did I buy all of those fucking Mediums in the early 2000’s? Ha.

Striking Distance were great. I only got to see them one time at The Boiler Room in Birmingham on their tour with American Nightmare and Death Threat in 2002. That night their singer, Dave was either sick or injured (I can’t remember which) so their roadie sang. It was still awesome but I wish I’d been able to see them as they sounded on record but as a wise man once said, shit happens. They don’t get talked about enough in regards to bands from this time period. Pick up March To Your Grave and The Fuse Is Lit if you don’t own them already.

Here’s a “companion” of sorts to my post from earlier today…
This poster for the Judge Cali show was sent to Seasick Records in a promo package from Revelation along with posters for the Title Fight - Spring Songs 7” and Down To Nothing - “Life on the James” LP. 
I flew to NYC last year to see the first Judge reunion show. It was incredible. I knew they wouldn’t just get back together once since no one ever does, but I had to be there for the first time and it was worth every penny to me. Anyway, I knew they’d have to play California eventually and I saved up some cash to make a trip for the following reasons:
A) I love SoCal
B) I would see Judge every week if I could
C) Burritos
As luck would have it, the show got announced and it ended up falling on the same day as Daniel (one of the owners of Seasick) and my good friend Amy’s wedding. I decided against flying out for that reason. I told Daniel that if I hadn’t seen them in NYC, I would have brought him back a Judge shirt as a wedding gift (for the record this was not a joke, I was 100% serious). The wedding reception was a blast so I don’t have any regrets, but it would have been a fun trip.
I will probably throw this poster in a cheap frame from Target and hang it up even though I wasn’t there because it’s still rad and the base image is one of my favorite HC photos ever.

Here’s a “companion” of sorts to my post from earlier today…

This poster for the Judge Cali show was sent to Seasick Records in a promo package from Revelation along with posters for the Title Fight - Spring Songs 7” and Down To Nothing - “Life on the James” LP. 

I flew to NYC last year to see the first Judge reunion show. It was incredible. I knew they wouldn’t just get back together once since no one ever does, but I had to be there for the first time and it was worth every penny to me. Anyway, I knew they’d have to play California eventually and I saved up some cash to make a trip for the following reasons:

A) I love SoCal

B) I would see Judge every week if I could

C) Burritos

As luck would have it, the show got announced and it ended up falling on the same day as Daniel (one of the owners of Seasick) and my good friend Amy’s wedding. I decided against flying out for that reason. I told Daniel that if I hadn’t seen them in NYC, I would have brought him back a Judge shirt as a wedding gift (for the record this was not a joke, I was 100% serious). The wedding reception was a blast so I don’t have any regrets, but it would have been a fun trip.

I will probably throw this poster in a cheap frame from Target and hang it up even though I wasn’t there because it’s still rad and the base image is one of my favorite HC photos ever.

My friends Daniel and Chayse recently opened Seasick Records here in Birmingham. Today they had a pop-up barber shop going with another friend from Mississippi, Newman, cutting hair. I stopped in and got a fade and picked up the new Coke Bust LP on clear red and also found a copy of Statue’s Something To Say on white for 2 bucks. It was used and I bet if I got three guesses as to who owned the record before me, I would get it right.
I wasn’t around when Statue were active and have always wondered how people reacted to them as they were a post-Chain project doing something a bit different. They put out two really good 7 inches in my opinion.
Also pictured is one of the five cups of coffee I’ve had today and the most recent Mosher’s Delight one sheet zine.

My friends Daniel and Chayse recently opened Seasick Records here in Birmingham. Today they had a pop-up barber shop going with another friend from Mississippi, Newman, cutting hair. I stopped in and got a fade and picked up the new Coke Bust LP on clear red and also found a copy of Statue’s Something To Say on white for 2 bucks. It was used and I bet if I got three guesses as to who owned the record before me, I would get it right.

I wasn’t around when Statue were active and have always wondered how people reacted to them as they were a post-Chain project doing something a bit different. They put out two really good 7 inches in my opinion.

Also pictured is one of the five cups of coffee I’ve had today and the most recent Mosher’s Delight one sheet zine.

I picked up these 7 inches at Logan’s Hardware in Chicago last weekend. It’s a soul/garage-centric store with an 80’s arcade in the back. Very cool spot. I found these in their punk section. Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon on white (Sub Pop), Baby Gopal - Shiva and Refuse to Fall which is Equal Vision 2. No way the bottom two weren’t sold back by the same owner.

I picked up these 7 inches at Logan’s Hardware in Chicago last weekend. It’s a soul/garage-centric store with an 80’s arcade in the back. Very cool spot. I found these in their punk section. Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon on white (Sub Pop), Baby Gopal - Shiva and Refuse to Fall which is Equal Vision 2. No way the bottom two weren’t sold back by the same owner.

Tigers Jaw setlist from their show at The Forge in Birmingham, AL 6/14/13. They also played “Chemicals” in addition to these songs. Never Saw It Coming was the highlight for me as I’d never seen them play it before.

Tigers Jaw setlist from their show at The Forge in Birmingham, AL 6/14/13. They also played “Chemicals” in addition to these songs. Never Saw It Coming was the highlight for me as I’d never seen them play it before.

Soundgarden hat circa “Superunknown.” I bought this hat at Sam Goody in the McFarland Mall in Tuscaloosa, AL as a kid (I was 11 or 12 when that album came out and listened to it religiously). Found this at my parents’ house while digging around in my old closet looking for clothes hangers. It’s still dirty from the days of riding my bike around the neighborhood with my friends. 

Soundgarden hat circa “Superunknown.” I bought this hat at Sam Goody in the McFarland Mall in Tuscaloosa, AL as a kid (I was 11 or 12 when that album came out and listened to it religiously). Found this at my parents’ house while digging around in my old closet looking for clothes hangers. It’s still dirty from the days of riding my bike around the neighborhood with my friends. 

Two shows coming up in Birmingham, AL in June. Advance tickets on sale now!