Saturday (November 20), 10pm, Stella Blues, Kihei, $10
Five years after their 2004 formation, Honolulu’s own Hell Caminos took a little hiatus from their “rigorous touring” for even more touring; with upright bassist Michael Camino focusing on his alternate project The A.K.A.s — who you might remember from last year’s Iao Theater show — and guitarist Nick Danger working with Left Alone (both bands earned Warped Tour billing last year). But psychobilly fans have good cause for celebration, because Camino and Danger have rejoined standing, skins-slamming Handsome Jack (he oft plays on his feet, if not on his kit), and are returning for a show on the Valley Isle. If your itch-like-a-new-tattoo for the Hell Caminos can’t wait ’til Saturday, hop online to preview — and order, of course — their 2009 album Lust and 2005 debut Through The Day And Through The Night. The title track of the former is frothed with head off a properly-poured Guinness, and the sounds of “Old Snake Road” plop you shotgun in a topless coupe wrestling a maladroit road you wish only went one-way. For Saturday’s show at Stella Blues, the Hell Caminos are joined by The Sausage Act, and another local threesome, Order of the White Rose. It’s hard not to love the latter, with guitarist Steve Hart, drummer Nate Robertson, and bass/vocalist Noah Robertson (happy belated birthday, BTW), who — notwithstanding their hard-hitting talent — named themselves after the anti-Nazi student group from the University of Munich (the six founding members were beheaded in 1943), and of their “songs (as) leaflets” say they “cannot stand idly by and watch the destruction of the Kanaka Maoli in Hawaii.” Now that’s punk. 808-874-3779; stellablues.com / myspace.com/thehellcaminos / whiterosepunk.com
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE MORE YOU, WELL, SOMETHING…
Also opening for the Hell Caminos and Order of the White Rose is The Sausage Act. I don’t know much about them — yet — but did find a blog about sausage trees (CLICK HERE to read). Seriously, sausage trees — pollinated by bats, no less. Found throughout Hawaii, the article says “the tree is native to tropical West Africa,” and has “distinctive brown lobes hang(ing) from the tree in great abundance.” These lobes look like strings of decade-old pronto pups (but the name ‘strings of decade-old pronto pups tree’ was thought to be too cumbersome on the tongue). Obviously I added that last bit, but the blog does say that “the fresh fruit is poisonous to humans.” [Wikipedia adds, “Its name in Afrikaans Worsboom also means Sausage Tree, and its Arabic name means “the father of kit bags” (Roodt 1992).”]
As for the bit about bats, from said blog, “The tree has beautiful flowers that open at night and attract bats, who pollinate them. According to the Honolulu Zoo, the bat is considered to be Hawaii’s only native land mammal… The Hawaiian Hoary Bat is an endangered species and federally-funded research on the bat is ongoing on the Big Island.”
CLICK HERE to read more about the making of this music video, in this February 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article.
This is MauiTime‘s 2009 holiday card. Clearly, we heart zombies, too!