EVENT: The Down-Fi
DATE: Saturday, March 28
TIME: 4:00 pm
A major piece of rock’n’roll history will come to Euclid Records on Saturday, Mar. 28 when the Down-Fi from Indianopolis plays on the store’s stage at 4 pm The Down-Fi, you ask? How is that a piece of history? Well, Craig Willis Bell is the bass player, singer, and songwriter for the Down-Fi, and Bell was a founding member of the legendary Cleveland based band Rocket From the Tombs. Rocket From the Tombs, you ask? Though they were virtually unknown outside their home base in the mid-70s, the band split up just in time for members to go on to be in Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, forging two of the most important yet divergent paths of the New Wave/punk rock explosion. Bell wasn’t in either of those, but his song “Final Solution” became an anthem in the hands of Pere Ubu, and that’s good enough for us.
More than that, though, the Down-Fi are one heck of a good band in their own right. Until recently, they have been a rip-roaring power trio, releasing a full-length album, an EP and a 45 of blistering rock’n’roll. Recently, they have added keyboards to the mix, upping the intensity of their music. The best description of the Down-Fi comes from a UK webiste called Pennyblack Music: “This is very American Rock and Roll. It is music from the heartland, the rust belt, the broken sidewalks and empty buildings of a once mighty industrial dreamland. . . . This is music grown up in despair and longing for a better life or just the attempt to find the grace to accept the one handed down from a more optimistic time.” The Down-Fi will be playing later on the 28th at CBGB, 3163 S. Grand.