The Queers at Respectable Street, November 18
Before pop-punk entered its current incarnation, usually a radio-ready, overly compressed form of fast songs written by barely legals nostalgic for lives they never lived, there were the Queers. The Queers, of course, were often reminiscent for lives they never lived. During the band's real peak in the early to mid-'90s, the group's best songs often sounded like rudimentary, lost Beach Boys tracks, despite the fact that they hailed from the snowy climes of nowheresville, New Hampshire. Led by Joe Queer, the only remaining member of the band, the Queers unabashedly sang hooky songs about girls, gum, and good times, with the primitive kick of the Ramones. Now, some 30 years after the group formed (with a couple of '80s breakups along the way), the group, currently a trio, is still at it, the same as always. Its 11th and most recent studio album, Back to the Basement, appeared last year on the similarly long-running independent label Asian Man Records.
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