Thursday, October 9, 2008

Civet at The Viper Room

The hard rocking beauties of Civet tore up the Viper Room tonight. The show was very last minute, and I'm glad I was able to attend - and shoot. Civet recently signed with Hellcat Records and their new album, Hell Hath No Fury, was released September 9th and is one of my favorite albums of the year. Be sure to pick up a copy.

I'm going to go off on a tangent because I want to share a story about these ladies from about 3 years ago to show just how awesome they truly are. A friend of mine started organizing monthly fundraisers to benefit sick companion animals who had racked up ridiculous veterinarian expenses and the profit from the events went to toward the bills. The little, old man, one-eyed chihuahua with spinal problems that I had at the time (Sharky) was chosen to be a recipient of a Bark Victory event.

I mentioned that we were thinking of organizing a punk show for Sharky's fundraiser to these ladies and they were the first to volunteer to play. Other bands to who donated their time and incredible talent included The Kids of Widney High and The Breakdowns . It was such a fun night full of great music and friends. We raised a significant amount of money which helped to keep Sharky comfortable for the last few months of his life. I'm very grateful to everyone who was involved. : ) All of these bands definitely gained more fans that night.

The Breakdowns are no longer together, but these bands have brought about other great musical acts. Dave is playing with The Strangers and Perry and Max are now playing with Cat (ex-Civet drummer) in The Lost Captains. Civet and The Strangers met on tour years ago and are featured in the documentary film Punk Rock Circus which was, coincidentally, produced by Scott who also now plays in Lost Captains!

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