Monday, August 6, 2007
This is a photo of Lonnie from Bristle that Amy took back in 1995 at the Lake Union Pub. Bristle was a band I caught at the Storeroom for the first time around 1992 and thought they totally rocked. Drummer Graham was drunk and stumbling around yet somehow played with lots of energy. Bassist Tim was long-haired and I thought was kind of a mellow hippie guy until I saw him get up and play. And frontman Lonnie was super energetic and could go from sounding pissed and angry sounding to laughing and telling jokes in a flash. Bristle is a band who's songs on their first album I knew by heart long before it came out because I saw them live so many times. I've seen so many great shows with Bristle on the bill over the years it's amazing. I was more than happy to have songs by Bristle on both of the Northwest punk compilation CDs I put out back in the day because to me they were one of thee essential Seattle punk bands of the 1990s. The band broke up in 1999, but reformed four years later and have since released another album and still play out live occasionally. You can catch more band history and here a few of their songs over on their MySpace profile, but ultimately they are one of those bands that you gotta see live.