Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Jan. 16
The Resevoir Tips
Sound description: Rowdy, often obscene punk metal.
RIYL: Black Flag, Aerosmith
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Current Status: Hard to say -- their MySpace page has been hijacked by a porn star. Or perhaps that's their new project.
Influences: Ugly Kid Joe, Black Flag, Social Distortion, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Bad Religion, NOFX, Battalion of Saints, the Ramones
"I'm kind of a band slut," says Rowland Bluntz, singer/guitarist in the Resevoir Tips, Noise God, and Hungover Tomorrow (also known as Punk Floyd).
Bluntz was playing in the metal band Tore Back when he met bassist/singer Mike Woods (of WNP, 39 Dead, and Too Far Gone), while both attended high school in Chula Vista. In 2003, drummer Melvin (of Woodshed, the Untold, Storm Section, and FFF) joined them to form the Resevoir Tips, whose name is purposefully misspelled.
Since 2005, Bluntz -- under the name LSD Productions ("it stands for Local San Diego") -- has put on about two shows a month at Fannie's. He says he's never charged a cover.
"Even a $2 cover charge will scare people off. Paying for the Battalion of Saints to come play was worth it just to see everybody's reaction that it was free. Besides, if I had a cover charge I'd have to pay for a bouncer at the door."
At Fannie's, Bluntz functions as sound tech and says "the cops leave us alone" because the shows have been largely problem-free even though they "operate without security." Except for Battalion of Saints and a few other bands from out of town, bands that play LSD shows don't get paid.
"I tell them up front they get a couple pitchers of beer. If they can't hang with that, then I tell them I can't afford them.... If you start charging people, fewer people will show up."
Bluntz doesn't advertise Fannie's. "This is more for East County people who don't want to drive too far. DUIs can be brutal."
So that the Resevoir Tips could open for '80s metal gods Battalion of Saints, Bluntz once shouldered the entire cost of bringing them down from L.A. to play at a Spring Valley bar named Fannie's.
-- excerpted from "Blurt," 2-15-07