DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, WASHINGTON, DC – 12/28/12 – FULL SET
December 31st, 2012 by Tim

NEVER GO BACK: THE DAG NASTY / SALAD DAYS SHOW WRAP UP
December 31st, 2012 by Tim

2012: It's been a good year. First Chain Of Strength returns and completely decimates New York City for Rev 25 then Dag Nasty comes back and delivers in D.C. for the Salad Days show at the Black Cat. Dag and Chain are two of my longtime/all-time favorite bands and neither were a disappointment.

I know rumors have circulated for years about Dag Nasty reuniting (especially after they recorded "Minority Of One" for Revelation) but the word was always that Brian Baker was too busy with Bad Religion to make it happen. Well I guess there was a break in the Bad Religion action and Brian definitely made the most of it. The issue of vocal duties took an unexpected twist when original Dag singer Shawn Brown was handed the mic instead of Dave Smalley who most expected to sing in the event of a Dag Nasty reunion. 

Now I can't lie, Dag Nasty to me has always been all about Dave Smalley's performance on "Can I Say" and Peter Cortner's work on "Wig Out At Denkos." I knew Shawn Brown was the band's original vocalist and had the "85-86" release on Selfless Records from 1991 but I never ranked it up there with Smalley and Cortner's contributions to the band. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Swiz fan, I love Sweet Belly Freakdown and Jesuseater is easily one of my favorite bands from the 2000's. I definitely hold Shawn in the highest regard, but as far as frontmen go, I just never felt like Shawn was the perfect fit for Dag. 

SHAWN BROWN IN FRONT OF THE DAG NASTY CROWD AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: NALINEE DARMRONG

SHAWN BROWN IN FRONT OF THE DAG NASTY CROWD AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: NALINEE DARMRONG

Then Dischord went and changed all of that with the release of “Dag With Shawn.” For whatever reason, although it wasn’t that much different from the Selfless release, this new Dischord release really impressed me. Since I picked it up last year, “Dag With Shawn” has been in constant rotation. So when the announcement was made that Shawn Brown would be fronting Dag for the Salad Days show in D.C. I really looked forward to it. 

As everyone knows, tickets sold fast for the Dag Nasty night of Salad Days. The minute I heard about them being available (which was minutes after they went up) I kept coming up short in my efforts to score two tickets. Luckily, my friend Jeremy Dean landed two tickets and offered the second one to me. At the very least, I was able to secure myself a trip to the show. As much as I would have loved to catch both nights and all the bands, a full weekend in D.C. just wasn’t in the cards. Instead it was going to be a whirlwind trip back and forth in a day to Washington D.C. for a healthy dose of Dag. 

I ended up riding down with Jeremy and two other friends; DCXX’s Ed McKirdy and NJ local, Karl Sadowski. We got down to D.C. about two hours before the Black Cat opened their doors so we grabbed a meal at Whole Foods before heading over to the show. Once we made it over to The Black Cat we stumbled upon a massive line piled up in front of the venue. Word was spreading that Dag Nasty was slated to play second as opposed to headlining as everyone previously expected. Kingface were the opener, Dag second and the headliner was now Black Market Baby.

BRIAN BAKER WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: JIM SAAH

BRIAN BAKER WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: JIM SAAH

Once we made our way inside, it wasn’t long before Kingface took the stage. I tried to watch them as much as I could but it was tough to really soak them in considering I kept running into a lot of old friends that I hadn’t seen in years. Kingface did sound great though and I was pretty stoked that I was finally getting the opportunity to see them. 

Dag Nasty was up next and I quickly made my way to the front of the crowd and as close to the stage as I could. The last time I saw Dag Nasty was July 17th, 1988 on the “Field Day” tour with Peter Cortner fronting them at City Gardens so it had been a long, long wait for my second chance at seeing one of my favorite bands. I knew I definitely wasn’t going to sit this one out or watch them from a distance, I had to be up front and in the mix. 

Colin, Roger and Brian took the stage first and prepped their instruments then started into the instrumental, “Mango” which served as a nice little warm up tune that got everyone packing up front and ready for the Shawn Brown experience. Shawn took the stage and the band blasted into “Can I Say”. The crowd naturally packed tighter and erupted into flying fists and sing alongs. 

As you would expect from a collection of veteran musicians like Dag Nasty, the band sounded great. As the set continued, it became pretty obvious that the guys in Dag Nasty were really enjoying themselves. Brian clearly looked to be in the Dag zone and every note seemed to be played just as it was recorded, all those years ago. Shawn Brown also sounded incredible and delivered those “Can I Say” lyrics with conviction and heart, while still sprinkling humor in between songs. 

COLIN SEARS WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: JIM SAAH

COLIN SEARS WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: JIM SAAH

The set was packed with all the “Can I Say/Dag With Shawn” hits. Every song was pretty much a highlight considering all of those songs are pretty much flawless. As the set went on and I sang along to every song, I realized just how special it was to be able to see one of my all time favorite bands again and how those songs and lyrics still move me as much today as they did 27 years ago. As an encore, Dag popped back up on stage with the Flex Your Head comp. classic by Red C, “Pressure’s On” then one more Dag song and it was over. 

As Black Market Baby set up, I stood there reflecting upon what Dag Nasty had just wrapped up. I’m sure the crowd could have been a little more intense but I think the Black Cat’s no stage diving policy kept the crowd slightly toned down. Regardless, I was grateful the band was able to pull it all together and that I could be there and be a part of it. Considering I’ve now got Cortner and Brown Dag sets under my belt, all I need is a Smalley-fronted Dag set and I’ll have all the bases covered. 

Next up, Black Market Baby got underway and they were surely not a disappointment. One of D.C.’s early punk outfits, Black Market Baby tore through their set and held their own. Unfortunately, because my friends and I had a three-plus-hour drive ahead of us and it was already well past past midnight, we rolled out a little early (and we still didn’t get home before 5:00 am.)

Thanks to all those associated with the Salad Days shows and of course the bands for bringing it back together. Also, a personal big thanks to Jeremy Dean for the ticket and ride hookup, both were much appreciated. I wish I could have stuck around for show two with Scream, D.C.’s Youth Brigade and Government Issue, but I’ll take what I can get and I can assure you, what I got was memorable to say the least. -Tim DCXX

ROGER MARBURY, SHAWN BROWN, COLIN SEARS AND BRIAN BAKER WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: TIM DCXX

ROGER MARBURY, SHAWN BROWN, COLIN SEARS AND BRIAN BAKER WITH DAG NASTY AT THE BLACK CAT, 12/28/2012 | PHOTO: TIM DCXX

UNDER YOUR INFLUENCE, CIRCA SMALLEY 1986
December 29th, 2012 by Tim

I’M LOOKING AT PICTURES AND I’M THINKING OF THOSE TIMES
December 27th, 2012 by Ed

DAG NASTY IN WASHINGTON, DC C. 1985 (PRESENTED BY TEE TILL DEATH)

SALAD DAYS
December 26th, 2012 by Tim

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DAG WITH ROGER MARBURY, BRIAN BAKER, COLIN SEARS AND SHAWN BROWN, 1985 | PHOTO: THOMAS SQUIP

DAG WITH ROGER MARBURY, BRIAN BAKER, COLIN SEARS AND SHAWN BROWN, 1985 | PHOTO: THOMAS SQUIP

RED HARE – “HORACE”
December 26th, 2012 by Tim


BRAND NEW SONG FROM 3/4 OF SWIZ

YO SUCKAH… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
December 24th, 2012 by Tim

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KINGFACE
December 24th, 2012 by Tim

BIG BOYS
December 23rd, 2012 by Tim
BIG BOYS, WEST TEXASE ON THE WAY TO CALIFORNIA, 1982 | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

BIG BOYS, WEST TEXAS ON THE WAY TO CALIFORNIA, 1982 | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

BIG BOYS, 1982 | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

BIG BOYS, 1982 | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

JODIE FOSTER’S ARMY
December 22nd, 2012 by Tim
EARLY JFA GROUP SHOT | PHOTO: ELLEN BARNES

EARLY JFA GROUP SHOT | PHOTO: ELLEN BARNES

BRIAN BRANNON AND ALAN BISHOP WITH JFA AT TUCSON'S STUMBLE INN, 4/29/1984 | PHOTO: ED ARNAUD

BRIAN BRANNON AND ALAN BISHOP WITH JFA AT TUCSON’S STUMBLE INN, 4/29/1984 | PHOTO: ED ARNAUD

DON AND BRIAN WITH JFA AT THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM IN LA, 1984 | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

DON AND BRIAN WITH JFA AT THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM IN LA, 1984 | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

JFA SET LIST FROM THE CUCKOO'S NEST

JFA SET LIST FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST