The Star Theater:
After one visit to this historic building, built in 1906 by J.B. Price. It has retained it’s 1920’s Speakeasy appeal. Fueling the Silent Film Era with the movement of the new world approaching, these qualities have stood against time and the various people passing in and out through these doors.
Walking in, pass the ticket booth and upon entering the balcony, tables lined with red cloth and drapes only showcasing the best wine dipped in elegance. You would have sworn you stepped back in time or you yourself where being escorted along as a V.I.P. inductee. Who would have known that seeing one of the most mosh worthy bands from Denmark would be taking the stage close to midnight. Appearances are clearly deceiving.
Portland has numerous hidden places but this one, surely has caught the attention of passer-bys.
The Fly53 Zine
I asked early on if I could do a review for this zine. Three reasons came to mind, one it’s a zine. Second, the sheer effort that goes into creating a full on list of people to interview, features or something just purely based around music is time consuming…deserves to be looked at. And lastly, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ended up being the featured band, and it’s always interesting to see what will be asked and what answers we will receive.
As the zine arrived in the post, I couldn’t get over the fact that it was of a newspaper quality, as if Fly53 took the time to make sure that they had a classic example of what zines use to be. Back in the 90’s, if you came across some glossy photo paper… that was exciting enough, but the sheer size and fact that it was free; tells you that they want you to look through, give your opinion and share with your friends.
When it comes to musicians and interviews, there is an invisible two way highway that can either crash and burn; or engage you in a debate that could lead you to burning the fuel in your car. And Fly53 doesn’t shy away from certain questions that may raise a few eyebrows. With the range of music that tends to be in Fly53’s zines, no one is off limits. You deserve to hear who is playing and who might cater to what you’ve been searching for. With Cian Ciaran who doesn’t stop short when it comes to writing about the government, global nuclear war and bankers. To Black Rebel Motorcycle Club who tend to defy any genre they are placed into, while on the side the fans can learn a bit about their current experiences while traveling all over Europe. Sometimes it’s through the eyes of your favorite band that allows that ever loving idea, of what it’s like to be on the road. Never shying away from what the festivals may bring or how the smallest gigs count, just as well as the arenas. All the way to the last two pages, where they feature their new bands section that spreads the word about who you should anticipate within the next coming months. Or if you live close by, go see a show.
Fly53 surely has gained some ground in the right direction, giving kids and adults a reason not only to check out their clothing line. But also sharing some music that might inspire others to pick up some sticks and beat on some pots and pans before they can afford a real kit.
When you’re on the road, you have cd’s stacked a mile high, you’ve gone from 40 degree weather to 80 in a day and the fact that somehow you still haven’t packed right…even though you’ve been to California four times before…this same year? Yeah, that’s just part of winging it when the time calls for a concert. The only consistent outcome was that I never had enough socks, I actually packed my bathing suit this time and most importantly M had made the mix cd’s that blew my mind.
Most rely on school and a basic outline of how they will eventually grow up, meaning in some fashion ‘so and so’ gave them some kind of timeline that they can follow. Yet somehow we ended up on this off beaten path, that consists of a red car, glow-sticks (when the lights would go out inside of the car) and a trunk that never seemed to be empty of at least one water bottle. Both M and I grew up in a matter of months on these trips. Discussions well into the early sunrise of the morning, while going about 80 mph in the desert.
And it all came down to one line… ‘Learning on the Go.”
The fact that this poor zine has been put on hold was an understatement. It was more or so that it was shipped across seas, just to be sent back but it never ended up on the right door step. And the receiver never decided to put it back into the mail box until now…get the idea? Good.
Anyway this baby will be up and running, no more nonsense or bullshit to hold you over with. New material and only what can be guaranteed as a new fantastic year *I said that with a proper British gentleman’s voice* please know that this may be the best year…by far to have happened in this zine world.
What have these two gals been doing…how about I sum it up in some photos.
Living out of our suitcases has become a general past time.