SHOW REVIEW: Dick Titty Blood Punch said goodbye at Spinelli’s 8/3 [Photos/Videos Included]

Last Friday night at Spinelli’s Downtown, we said goodbye to punk rockers Dick Titty Blood Punch. Pretty much every single DTBP show has been hard to photograph, but this by far was the hardest one yet. From tight spaces, difficult lighting, people literally EVERYWHERE, other photographers, and a camera man, I wasn’t sure if my shots would even turn out looking like people. DTBP is the first band that really resonated with me in this city. I shot them for the first time at Dead Fest in 2016. I wasn’t a fan of that first set of DTBP photos I took, but once I posted them, Amy reached out to me to ask if she could use them — this is the first time anyone had done that. From there on, I decided people did like my work and they did want to support me. Thus began my journey in the local music scene shooting. I am forever grateful to this band for that reason among others.  Amy and Adam have quickly become some of my best friends, and I couldn’t be more happy to have them! Anyway, sappy shit over for now.

I finally got my twin to go out to a show with me again, so I was already even more ecstatic to be there. I walked in nervous as all hell since I knew how crazy it would likely be not only considering it was DTBP’s farewell show, but also because of the other incredible bands playing alongside them. My worry that I would disappoint DTBP and myself at their final show was real af. I was probably just as nervous as the band members were, but it was time to do the thing, so with my twin by my side, I grabbed a beer, got my camera together, and got out of my damn head once I started shooting.

Unfortunately, I missed Shark Sandwich, which was much to my dismay as I’ve only shot them once before — this will soon change. Lyrics about how dogs are better than dudes filled the small room of Spinelli’s and I immediately started tapping my foot and getting excited for this awesome show. Can I say I’m totally in awe of these kids out there doing the thing? Incredible.

Next up was Belushi Speedball — a band I always have a blast shooting. This show was particularly awesome as Vinny took out a wig and all of the sudden the loud bashing, head banging masterpiece of “Vegeta is a Good Dad” rang out and everything got even more crazy — VEGETA RAISES HIS KIDS!  BSB’s number one fan crowd surfed on a blow up shark, Death made a visit to drummer Ryan, hundreds of Pokemon cards littered the floor, books were thrown out by Senor Diablo, and so much more. BSB is always fun to see, but this was by far the best. And hell yeah because they brought the good guitarist from DTBP to join in on one of their songs — Amy! It was the best moment during their set. You go, girl! You killed it, of course.

DIPSPIT never ceases to make me laugh hysterically. These guys are clearly out to have some fun and do their thing whether people “get it” or not. I always get so wrapped up in watching Chatam’s hilarious stage antics that I forget to take photos of the crowds’ bemused faces. My twin, seeing them for the first time, was probably the best part. As Amy and Adam later told us, they weren’t sure if she was laughing or crying, which I find to be completely perfect for a DIPSPIT show. She, of course, was laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes — the perfect reaction for anyone seeing DIPSPIT for the first time. Conga drummer Greg shouts out, “I was born to do this shit!” in one of my favorite songs. And of course their theatrics are some of the best I’ve seen, such as their stage entrance being like that of a wrestling match introduction. “Only One Dracula” is easily my favorite song of theirs, due in part to the ridiculous stage antics that go along with it. During this song, Greg came out with fake vampire teeth to throw to the crowd. I laughed my ass off. No matter how many times I’ve seen them, I’m always laughing. The most important thing to remember is:  Please stay calm and remember that DIPSPIT loves you.

I also missed Dr. Zero, which was a disappointment because I have yet to see them perform. What I heard, I absolutely love. They’ve been added to my list of bands to shoot!

Saturday School released their debut effort ironically entitled Sophomore Album at the show. This band is killer. I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to this album 100 times since Friday night. I absolutely love it! As most people know, this band is comprised of members of the former Boner City. I absolutely love Nick‘s penetrating voice. The bass line, lyrics, and catchy drum rhythm of Sophomore’s second track “Movement II” is goddamn beautiful. If you haven’t listened to this yet, do yourself a favor and check it out right now on Bandcamp. A huge thumbs up as well for the album artwork. Kudos to whomever did that!

Finally, Dick Titty Blood Punch took the stage and the anxiety set back in. Amidst the hot, sweaty crowd of people, I claimed the spot I knew would pretty much be the only place I was going to have access to for the entire show. They started playing, the crowd went insane, and I started shooting. That anxiety left and I just decided to do what I do and enjoy the music. I’m pretty okay with the photos I got — the experience was worth all the stress of shooting. At one point, I ran out of space on all my memory cards — yeah, I took over 2,000 photos at this show — and I looked up at the crowd. That’s when it hit me that DTBP was truly going away.

The crowd was full of people dancing, laughing, singing, and all around having an amazing time. At this point, I’ll admit that I teared up. This monumental band was playing their last show and it was nothing short of incredible. DTBP’s songs may be fun and ridiculous, but they definitely serve their point to the crowd. It’s almost a cult following that they had. When you would go to a DTBP show, you knew you’d be surrounded by awesome people having fun and letting go. That’s the point of music to me, and DTBP always delivered. Every single song they had people were shouting back at them — that shit gives me chills every time.

Sappy shit again —  I love you guys. You sparked a belief in myself I didn’t think was there. Several people have made an impact on how I feel about my photography, but only two bands really sold it for me. DTBP, you guys were the first. Every time I released a new set of photos, you guys loved them. It was never me worrying about bothering you with more photos. They received with love and excitement — something I value to this day. Thank you all for being awesome people and doing so much for the music scene in this city. You all will be forever missed.

WORTH MENTIONING: All videos above were taken by Senor Diablo — so be sure to check out his work and subscribe to him on YouTube! These videos in particular help to depict the craziness I tried to capture in photos and words, but in a way you can experience in first-person. Good shit!

Check out a few photos I snapped from the show below:

 


BONUS INTERVIEW: I was also able to catch up with DTBP to get their thoughts on what’s to come!

Never Nervous:  How did you feel playing the last DTBP show?

ADAM:  It was super fun to play again, and I was so grateful to everyone that came out, but it was also kind of a relief to put it to bed.  It’s always awesome to see people singing all the stupid words you wrote and we definitely felt the love.

AMY:  Going into it, I was just very stressed.  It’s been a while since I’ve booked a show for us, so being in charge of such a full lineup with time constraints distracted me from the fact that it would be the last time we all played a show together in the same band.  Nick from Saturday School helped tremendously with taking some of the responsibilities off my plate, and my bandmates pitched in too so I stopped being a crazy person. At that point, looking at the crowd and absorbing everything that was going on, I felt more sentimental than I had up to that point.  It’s easy to forget that your band means something when you’re just sitting at home dicking around, but then you see a crowd of people singing your songs at your face and it’s just overwhelming. It was a good farewell.

NN:  What will you be doing musically now/in the near future?

CHYPPE:  I’m building a recording space with my wife Alex called “Cafe Parisian”.  It’s where we made the Saturday School album. Also busy with Memory Gloss, who just started working on what’s going to be LP2 for us and getting ready for some shows with PRJCTR — Seven Sense Festival this year is Saturday (8-11) and Against the Grain’s Local Lineup with Comforter (8-24).

ADAM:  We are currently recording the second Tall Squares album, which will hopefully be out by the end of the year.  It’s really nice to be able to focus on one band again, and it’s taken a while, but Squares is up and running again.  I’m really excited for the sound we’ve settled into on this new album.

AMY:  Any projects I do in the near future, whether musically or otherwise, will be collaborative pieces with other women.  There’s something magical about sisterhood, and I want to focus on bringing that back into my creative world.

LUKE:  Going to bed hungry.  Scrounging for scraps.  Your planet was on the brink of collapse.  I was the one who stopped that. You know what’s happened since then?  The children born have known nothing but full bellies and clear skies. It’s a paradise.  

Ryan later caught up with us and provided this response:

RYAN:  This has to be the most fun I’ve ever had in a band. Of course it want all bourbon and Bong hits but I would change any of it for a second. I’ve made some of the best friends a person could ask for because of this band,  and I will always have their backs. We are a family now in my eyes. I honestly don’t want it to end, but would rather it end on the insanely high note that was our last show at Spinellis. To my band mates Adam, Luke, Amy and Chyppe I love you and look forward to your future endeavors musical or otherwise. I will continue with Adam in Tall Squares in what I hope is a bright future ahead as well as Tycoons of Teen, Sweatermeat, Belushi Speedball 4, Aby Laby Land, and lastly Heavy Sleeper. Shout-out to the Never Nervous team for supporting us in our silly drunken misadventures. Phyllip, Syd, Jake and Jenna you guys kick ass.