Jody's Birthday weekend is gonna be Krakening! Friday night, we're bringing together a killer combination of bands and musicians who have been rocking Chapel Hill for decades! Start the weekend strong with our hard-hitting friends Lud, Pipe, and The Blue Green Gods Duo.
The rock band Lud has been in existence in one form or another since the early 1990s. Starting out as a semi-organized noise band with no actual songs, they have wandered through three decades of music making doing pretty much whatever they want.
Now on some kind of bent southern rock kick, the band includes founding members Bryon Settle and Kirk Ross along with Sara Bell on bass and drummer Tim Salemy. They recently recorded Lud’s sixth set of recordings, Defenestration Boulevard, a collection of various indictments of post-Great Recession North Carolina and other stuff.
“Yet that still wasn’t Thursday night’s best highlight, which would be Chapel Hill’s Lud -- maybe the most local of local bands. Lud’s members come from some of the most renowned bands in Triangle music history (Pressure Boys, Trailer Bride, Shark Quest and Dish, to name a few), and frontman Kirk Ross also has the distinction of being one of North Carolina’s most astute political reporters.
I’d say it’s a shame Lud’s members have to hold down day jobs, but it’s possible that careerism might screw up their equilibrium because Lud was simply awesome. You hear a lot about the guitar heroics of Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch or Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, but I’d take Lud’s Bryon Settle over any of them.
Settle displayed a virtuosity that was simultaneously jaw-dropping and casual as he threw out fusillades of guitar-god goodness with an endearing nonchalance. Ross was no slouch, either, on a series of pile-driving raveups that seemed to have enough momentum to move the building housing Tir Na Nog forward.” - David Menconi, Raleigh News & Observer
“After two casual and sporadic decades as a band, Lud has made its most graceful and captivating album to date: Defenestration Boulevard is encyclopedic (a Merle Travis cover on the same LP as a Krautrock ripper?) and accessible (the hook of "Undaunted" hangs like an invitation to sing along). More important, these songs are dialectics not for debate but for compassion, no matter how old-fashioned that non-rock 'n' roll notion may be.” - Grayson Currin at Indyweek on Lud's new record
Pipe was a mainstay in the raging Chapel Hill scene of the early 1990s, which produced bands like Superchunk, Polvo, Flat Duo Jets and Southern Culture on the Skids among many others. In 1992, Pipe — Ron Liberti (vocals), Mike Kenlan (guitar), Dave Alworth (bass), and former Superchunk drummer Chuck Garrison—released their Ball Peen EP (Sonic Bubblegum). Kenlan then left to concentrate on Small (later Small 23, which also included Garrison).
Clifton Lee Mann of the Bad Checks came on to play guitar temporarily until a permanent guitarist could be found. Mann and Liberti worked well together, and Mann stayed. Pipe recorded their first single “You’re Soaking in It” in 1993 followed by their full-length debut, Six Days to Bellus (Jesus Christ), in 1994.
Pipe then toured with The Bad Brains and soon began work on their second full-length, International Cement (Jesus Christ), released in 1995 along with the “Raceway Park” single on Amish Records. Bassist Alworth quit the band after a tour with Polvo and Archers of Loaf. Greg Adams replaced Alworth, and Pipe recorded their third album, Slowboy, released on Merge in 1997. Merge then re-released Pipe’s two earlier albums and several singles.
An unfortunate series of events (Garrison’s broken hand early during a tour with The New Bomb Turks and an injury to Mann’s hand and eventual departure) led to the dissolution of Pipe in 1999. The band got back together in 2005 for a reunion show, and again in 2009 for XX Merge and has performed occasional rockin' shows since.
No matter what era, Ron, Mike, Dave and Chuck (et.al.) consistently bring the lightning and thunder! Ask Jody how Ron miraculously kicked her in the head with her own boot at the cabin.
Blue Green Gods Duo
There has never been, nor will likely be many links on the internets for The Blue Green Gods who rocked the local scene from 1989-93, and have returned a few rare times in 1999, 2013 at a great WXDU show at The Duke Coffeehouse, and most recently a couple 2015 gigs at The Kraken. They're still tight!
The little bits of information online referencing The Blue Green Gods comes from the early days of internet websites, before blogs and social media. The few links you can find include them in lists of favorite bands and mentions of Jettison Records and Kraptone Studios. There are some references to shared bands that have come and gone over the years. You also find rave reviews of amazing 45's and LPs and CDs over the years, often posted by folks who have no clue as to their history.
Christie Eames on drums: Other bands include Orifice, Starletta, Bucks Deluxe & Felice Gomez (and a yet unnamed new project)
Todd Goss on guitar: Other bands include Scuppernong, Fukanzen, the Broken Arrows, & the Alt.
Anne Gomez [not currently playing] on bass and vox: Other bands include Special Agents of Her Majesty's Secret Cervix, Cantwell, the Biteys, Fukanzen, Hotel Motel & Cantwell Gomez & Jordan (i'm sure there are some i've missed in there- there is a band with Wendy Spitzer & Shannon Morrow that i can't remember the name of)
Blue Green Gods Duo:
Ross Grady's TriangleRock.com site has a classic reference:
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