The Wyatt Act released this song, “20 Motherfuckers”, a few months back and if a retail outlet hadn’t already coopted the term, I’d say it was San Franpsycho. They call it Slam Rock. They even have a manifesto:
Street-corner style poetry meets transgressive rock. SlamRock is a philosophy, a lifestyle, an attitude, a swagger. SlamRock is a reaction to a society of detached, automatic, alienated, civilized play-acts. SlamRock values process over product and interaction over isolation. 3 Principles of SlamRock: Spontaneity, Variety, Put on a fucking show!”
And put on a show they do. The last one that I attended was an all participatory (though not mandatory) strip show while badass bassist and singer Guinevere Q (“No Big Fucking Deal” the people shout upon hearing her name) screamed over the drums and trumpets.
“20 Motherfuckers” speaks to the heart of being an artist in San Francisco through the last bunch of years, as the streets have increasingly emptied of the beautiful freaks who once defined the arts scene, replaced by people staring at their phones. It’s partly, but never completely angry and outraged. The anger is tempered by its own playfulness. It’s the kind of song that reminds you that smashing the system can be energizing and fun too.
They’re playing at Piano Fight on Thursday 3/23 with Van Goat and Northern Waste. The show is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Tenants Union, and true to their manifesto it will be a fucking show. Called “House Meeting”, it will include roommate interviews, chore wheels, games, prizes, advice from a Housing Rights Lawyer, and an opportunity to support a great cause.