Ariel Pink & Black Lips Night 2, and the Return of Bimbos 365 Club

10/17/2015

Gypsy punks Black Lips exploded into SF’s hidden gem Bimbos 365 Club creating an unlikely contrast of a spit in your face punk band in a club that would be suited for the rat pack.

Garage punk to their core and looser than geese, the band who are known for their high-energy, unpredictable, anything-goes shows, seemed a bit tame for a group with such a reputation. That was until the crowd filled in and the band played the sought after song “Katrina.” Finally it was the Black Lips again giving the show everyone expects; crowd surfers, shirt losers and guitarist Cole Alexander catching his own spit from the air. Being true to their lyrics the band ended with “Bad Kids” and earned the sea of beer that was chucked at them from the crowd.

San Francisco, CA - October 14, 2015 The Black Lips perform live at Bimbo's 365 Club opening for Ariel Pink. Photo Credit: Victoria Smith

Thus began the weirdest intermission and largest exodus of the entire crowd of potential smokers, or mere fresh air seekers, exiting out front. Leaving just four souls holding fort in front of the stage.

INTERMISSION AT ARIEL PINK

It would probably be pretty entertaining and informative to see a debate between some body like Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and Ariel Pink. Somewhere between the lines of Pink’s songwriting there is a bottled up genius and nobody but a genius could write such strange songs, except for maybe R. Stevie Moore; who Pink made a 61 track double EP with in 2011 named KuKlux Glam.

The set began uncertain of direction with the crowd wondering when they would play a more recognizable favorite. Suddenly, as if it were never going to happen, the band broke into “Number In My Phone” and “Only In My Dreams” waking the eager crowd up from their confusion.

Pinks backing band is the perfect blend of an American Apparel ad mixed with Hedwig and the Angry Inch ensemble, with Ariel holding their passports for ransom to ensure full dedication. They are clearly from Los Angeles, in the great way.

ARIEL PINK LIVE AT BIMBO'S

During “White Freckles” the large pupil’d crowd jumped at the chance to mosh like it was their only opportunity, knocking over drinks, other people and innocence in the process.

Ariel’s ever endearing shyness made it unclear whether he enjoyed the show or not. Between the last song of the set and the encore, which seemed like an eternity in show standards, half the audience left thinking the band wouldn’t reemerge. When they finally did, the true believers were treated to a three song ending with “Four Shadows” and a goodnight.

written by Emmanuel Castro / @melvoymusica

photos by Victoria Smith / @bigvicsmith