Ric's is free but the Step Inn is cheap and the beer is cheaper. So two weeks in July upstairs at the Step Inn local garage pop punk stuff is on display with first a set by Sweet Dreams which is advertised as a combination of various other bands but which looks suspiciously like eat laser scumbag with a different drummer. This is quite a good thing.
Sweet Dreams - Live @ The Step Inn - 11 July 2009
The next week it's a big night. The Sips release the 7'' that's been cluttering up the underbed space for nigh on a year now. To support them they have gathered the cream of local bands including the newly formed Undead Apes which really does have members of various other bands Sekiden, Eat Laser Scumbag, Dick Nasty, Gazoonga Attack, and Fancy Boys [one from each], Blank Realm, and The Heels.
It was great. Though the sound upstairs at the Step Inn is iffy.
The Heels - Live @ The Step Inn - 18 July 2009
The Undead Apes - Live @ The Step Inn - 18 July 2009
Blank Realm - Live @ The Step Inn - 18 July 2009
The Sips - Live @ The Step Inn - 18 July 2009
As a bonus I will throw this one in. Early in the year Eddy Current Suppression Ring did a show at the Step Inn downstairs and it was excellent. My recording gear decided to only record one channel properly and I filed it away. I have now produced a mono file. It's actually quite listenable.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Live @ The Step Inn - Feb 2009 - MONO