Radio Flyers, JP5.
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Don''t be confused. The Radio Flyers who are playing at BlueFin Cafe this week are not the same Radio Flyers who played the Long Bar last week.
Returning to the BlueFin Cafe is the Santa Cruz-based quartet, Radio Flyers, ready to entertain with great rock ''n'' roll classics from the ''50s to the present. Here are some obvious differences. While the brand-new, Monterey-based band features a female artist, the Santa Cruz-based band is all male and not so brand spanking new anymore, since the guys have been playing together since 1996. Both Radio Flyers play popular cover songs, though the local musicians incorporate original tunes as well.
Radio Flyers, Friday, 9pm. BlueFin Cafe, 375-7000.
The sounds and stage acts of JP5, a Vancouver, BC-based punk rock quartet, are definitely not for the squeamish. Although reminiscent of female rock/punk pioneers The Runaways and The Avengers, the band''s raw, hard-driven melodies are still a catchy breed of their own. Formed in 1995, JP5 was met with instant raves and quickly built an impressive track record, playing with bands like The Headstones, Nashville Pussy and D.O.A. Last year, the quartet signed with Sudden Death Records, launched by D.O.A. frontman Joey "Shithead" Keithley, a couple of years back.
Aside from pure musical raunch, it is the band''s frontwoman Gerry-Jenn Wilson (guitar/vocals) who seems to raise the most eyebrows with her outrageous stage antics. In the past, Wilson''s musical abilities have been compared to those of Wendy O, Iggy Pop, Betty Page and even a little bit of Alice Cooper, thrown in for good measure. Her performances have been called even more sexually explicit than those of fellow punksters, Nashville Pussy. You might find her sporting a string bikini with a nipple-exposing bra, or walking on stage wearing a cowboy hat, a black bra, flying goggles and a yellow feather boa. Prepare to be enticed and try not to go home alone.
JP5, Tuesday, 9pm. Long Bar, 372-2244.