Magic Markers, The Believers
5-30-03 @ The Garage, Belchertown, MA
w/ Astral Blessing, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Dredd Foole,
MV&EE&WL Medicine Show, more!
The show was a shoving off of the grand Astral Blessing
Wedding Tour. They were heading to Alaska and the rest of
their lives.. The Believers were joined by Meara O'Reilly
on keyboard and guitar. Two new songs were unveiled and
the sounds hunkered down into the garage storage facility.
The whole building absorbed and beamed out the Believers
Pete in the Markers' Tour Diaries in Bejeezus:
"Me & Elisa drove 15 hours up to CT last night/today.
I jammed tunes while E slept most of the way. We got to
CT, cleaned up, and went to Belchertown. We were both real
excited. It's been a year since our last tour. Elisa quit
school and we moved to Louisville in search of a chilled
out Cheap place to live so we could concentrate on diving
into our respective things. I've been jamming in basements
and caves and she's been cutting her teeth in various stand
up comedy holes. Now we're heading back to our old homeland
for the return show we never got last year. Almost to the
show, I dis a song on her otherwise perfect mix tape and
get a coke thrown at me. I hate being sticky & this sucks.
"We get to Paul and Val's house in Belchertown and
I'm surrounded by old pals Matt Krefting, Willie Lane, Jess
Goddard, John Shaw, Johnny T & Jake. It's pretty fucking
cool. 99 Balloons, Led Zeppelin and the Fall are jamming
from the old time jukebox in their 70's porn style livingroom.
Leah's out on the patio hard chillen with Jess and eating
the food like she owns the place. After a bit, Leah and
Elisa disappear to the car for a long conference and the
Bears start off the show with some good rocking stuff. They're
super nice guys. Next up Johnny T and Jake (who were nice
enough to share their Dominican Rum w/me) are doing the
Slaughterhouse Percussion Duo. They furiously pound out
some high energy dope ass interweaving beats. A short but
intense and satisfying set. In between bands I go out and
taunt the girls in the car with a shirt for a rain tent
over my head.
"Next the fantastical awesome drone garage glam band
"The Believers" starring Matt Krefting, John Shaw, Jessi,
Anna, and ---- [Meara] on keys. They had their skin tights
and shades on... they looked cool and Shaw played some smoking
guitar. Leah and Elisa crept in for this set smiling and
"Next up... US! We muddled through the confusion of
getting the amps to work while being electrocuted pushing
the other bands drums aside and setting mine up. There was
an air of imminent rush floating around. In the confusion
of setting up the room flooded with people and we began
some intensely high energy shit. It felt good to play as
a full band again... Hurrican/Confusion/Power/Energy...
as the first song ends Elisa announces that she's killed
Kimberly. I laugh until I see that she's holding her guitar
in 2 pieces. My stomach drops down to my shoes. Krefting
lets us borrow his guitar to finish our set w/ a new sound
but the same energy. The crowd's been rockin and they seem
to dig it.
"Afterwards, Elisa starts going through the crowd hawking
t-shirts like beer at a ball game. George of Viking Funeral
buys an Elisa (shirt) and wears it as they play their set.
I pack up and hurry off to Easthampton to meet Thurston
Moore who's playing with Kim Gordon as Mirror/Dash and Hanway
Toof at the Flywheel. A bit of a drive, but the Ramones
help pass the time. Thurston's chilling at the juice bar
of the Flywheel. I toss him some shirts and a cd and we
discuss when we're gonna mix shit for the record. I meet
Kim Gordon who says she's a big Magic Markers fan and I
almost fall off my stool. Back to Belchertown to pick up
some gear and then to Hartford like some kind of half dead
zombie I arrive and pass out at Paul Ambrogio's house."