Notes on Wrecking Crew and Reverend Glasseye
Local filmmaker Chris DiNunzio was working on a short horror movie titled “Miscreant” when he decided to take a break and help out his older brother Ralph, guitarist in the ’80s-’90s Boston hardcore punk band Wrecking Crew. The long-dormant group were reuniting for two gigs — a sold-out show for CBGB’s final stretch last fall and another at Lido’s in Revere. Chris and his filmmaking girlfriend Melanie Kotoch brought their cameras to Revere and filmed the Crew as they flashed tattoos, drank PBR, jabbered about punk rock, and then thrashed away at Lido’s, hard, fast, loud, angry. The result: the hour-long documentary Old Soldiers Never Die. “You hear this theme of them getting old, friends getting old,” says Chris, “but still keeping punk rock alive, doing music that stands up.” As Ralph remembers, “That afternoon we were surrounded by old friends still enjoying each other, and a lot of the interviews were about us bouncing off each other. Why did we reunite? It was more to do it for ourselves, to do a retrospective of what we’d done. It made us realize how we had that bug in us. You have that 9-to-5 job but have the same fires burning within you.” Chris would like to get Old Soldiers Never Die into the film-festival circuit and find a distributor. As for Wrecking Crew’s future, Ralph says, “If there’s another show offered, anything’s open, but nothing’s in the works.”
In the meantime, it’s time to bid adieu to Reverend Adam Glasseye, the frontman of the Rumble-winning gothic/gospel cabaret punk band Reverend Glasseye. Adam’s plan is to relocate to the Texas music mecca of Austin, where he’ll be recording a solo record. But Reverend Glasseye will perform one last show, with Porsches on the Autobahn, Ho-Ag, and Hallelujah the Hills, downstairs at the Middle East on February 24. And Mittens are going to the UK. The Boston trio, who specialize in cutesy indie pop with an edge, are touring for the first time outside the States. They’ll spend four nights gigging and promoting their latest CD, Fools on Holiday.
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