in the days of yore, before I was dubbed Mae Hemm by the machine,
I would often appear formally as my alter ego to preside over
civic events. One such event was a certain Battle of the Bands
series taking place weekly at Mick's Lounge. All the beer I could
drink and a lot of local bands to encourage my reckless behavior.
One evening, I recall seeing the band Stru Tural and recognizing
the name immediately from a sign that'd lost its letter "C"
on Harrison St. (Factoid: The sign now reads U TUAL. Should the
band change their name?) Back then, Stru Tural roped me in with
the stunning epiphany that they could sound like Nirvana,
they could actually do that - I cringe to say it - grunge thing,
without getting on my nerves for trying to sound like Nirvana.
They might not have had a lot of texture or style, but they won
my vote that night about five years ago. Flash forward to their
third full-length release "The Triumphant Return of Amsted
Butterfly" which came out early this year. My young friends
have blossomed beautifully! Almost like...a butterfly! A gorgeous
Stephen Malkmus butterfly who rambled out of a Superchunk cocoon
and took off for Slint's "Spiderland." I listened to
the record three times today, and it truly is a great local achievement.
A multifaceted album instead of a bunch of disparate songs. Go
see them at the
Last Day Saloon. Cal Hallow opens.