And this time I also got to meet their new singer Sweeney Todd from the Dead Pets, a band I'd heard them speak very highly of many times before so I know they are thrilled to have him aboard! Also new is their shadowy guitarist "Mr X" (or Nick 2), replacing Nick who's gone off to seek fame on the silver screen & will be appearing soon in a film with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant (I kid you not!)
Grabbed a spot on the barrier to watch the openers, Blackpool Lights who were pretty good & did some nice covers of Tom Petty's "American Girl" and The Records' "Starry Eyes", then headed up to get inside the barrier for the first 3 songs for LCA.
They came on - I started shooting, and NOTHING. The camera (my nice digital SLR Nikon D70) wouldn't fire & I freaked. I frantically fidgeted with the settings but nothing worked & I was scared that it had badly malfunctioned & would need to be sent in for repairs (as it did once before when it up and died - coincidentally when I saw LCA play at the Black Cat a little over a year ago!) Realizing I was loosing my chance for any pix I put it down & fumbled thru my bag & grabbed my little olsd point & shoot so at least I got some shots with that though they are nowhere up to my standards & I know I could have done so much better with the D70. I'm frustrated as hell & feel like I let the guys down as I was so excited about getting some new shots with Sweeney for them!
(Camera update - the next morning when I had time to quietly sit down (and light to see!) I figured out that it was the lens that had jammed and it took me about half an hour to loosen it & get the lens off and I cleaned the connectors & gently remounted it & now it is working OK again but I had a bad scare there. Next time I check thoroughly that day instead of just picking it up when I haven't used it in a couple of weeks)
Anyway still had a fun night - LCA were great and Sweeney has an incredible stage presence that ot the crowd really going - he spends much of the show right on the barricade interacting with the fans so they got a really good response :) It was so great to see my boys from Boston again & meet Sweeney & the mystery guitarist!
Anyway here are pix - I'm really sorry they aren't better but hey better than nothing, right???
As many of you know LCA has been inactive as far as touring and playing shows this year. We had the craziest time touring last year with Tiger Army, The Unseen, Catch 22, Social Distortion, The Eyeliners, Spitalfield, Dropkick Murphys, Gang Green, Darkbuster, The AKA's, Warped Tour, A Wilhelm Scream, and an assload more. The last tour we did was with our homies Pennywise, and our good friends the all mighty Sick Of It All back in Winter 05. The last show we played was at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH early Spring 06. We had also begun to work on the follow up to Broken World aiming to have the record out sometime this year or early next year. However the term "shit went down" was applied to LCA right around that time. The Dover Brickhouse show would turn out to be the last show with Ron Ragona on lead vocals, and Nick Bacon on lead guitar.
The remaining members all decided to call it a day and head our separate ways, but in all honesty it was the last thing we wanted to do. Drew, Duggan, and myself included were all headed in different directions. I was going to move to California for work, Duggan was going to focus on recording bands and working with the many projects he's been involved in as of late, and Drew was going to join another band and work for a real job with something called "benefits".
Depressed, angry, and frustrated the 3 of us all agreed on one thing. If we could get this one person to be a part of LCA we would all stay, and continue on with the goals that first came to us back in 2000. We all knew there was no chance in hell this was going to happen so we went on with the plan of disbanding
That was until a phone call changed everything...
Without getting into too much we do have a new lead singer, and he is fucking amazing. He's from another band that we loved very much, and we are beyond stoked he's here with us. We're working on the new songs as we speak and we're aiming to be playing shows by the Fall. We are in no shape or form trying to rush getting a record out, that's fucking lame and we want no part of putting something out we don't love. So please be patient, it's coming. Oh and the new songs are absolutely killer.
We want to thank everyone who stuck by us, came to our shows, bought our merch and bought us food, sent us messages, spread the word and kept us going for the past 6 years. We can go and assume a sweet shitstorm of shit-talking and speculation is going to happen very soon, but we want no part of it. So totally feel free to send us messages but we will not be getting into the events that lead to Ron and Nick leaving.
Nick and Ron both have moved on, actually Nick has been acting and will be in an upcoming movie with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore (I shit you not), and Ron has a new band called the Murder Mile with some very close friends of ours. Please support them both.
We'll see you soon, and get ready for the next step with LCA.
A Repost from the same place on July 27th
After a month and a half with our new singer, new lead guitar player (both to be named very soon) and sweating balls in the Unseen's practice space, we've decided it's time to play some shows. We're aiming on an early Fall start, all while heading into the studio to do what we can't wait to get done. Recording the next chapter in LCA.
Drop us a message if you have any questions, or hit me up personally... www.myspace.com/adamfuckingshaw
One of my best friends shanghaied me off to Boston for the weekend to see the Dropkick Murphys & after the show on Friday night we made it over to the middle East in Cambridge to see Duggan's solo acoustic show! He did some covers of songs by the Pogues (after all it was St Paddys day!) and Johnny Cash as well as some originals & he sings very well! Had a great time & ran into Adam & Drew there as well!