New Bomb Turks

Roadkill

Emo'sFriday, February 21

Last time through Emo's, the New Bomb Turks -- who completely upstaged the Supersuckers the time before that -- caused a riot. It was a small riot, but a riot's a riot. So, have they done like their new Epitaph CD says and been Scared Straight, or are they still the punk-rock hellraisers of old? Singer Eric Davidson, calling from his home in Columbus, Ohio, contends the Turks are sensitive, caring men. Sort of.

"We're not one of those bands like the Dwarves or someone, throwing bottles at people and trying to fuck with them," he says. "I kind of goof around with people, maybe take a baseball hat off their head, but we don't really do that kind of `fuck you,' throw bottles, try to kick somebody in the head or something. It's not really that kind of thing.

"It's just that we've got a lot of energy, we're kind of fast and stuff and people just get into it. And usually, if you go on later at night, people are more drunk and we're more drunk. Most of our shows aren't all that violent, it's just that you hear about the ones where that happens."

The Turks' songs work the same way: Though all boil with ripened punk-rock pugnaciousness, the ones that really get you going are the ones that make fists clench and pulses race. Scared Straight is full of potboilers like "Bachelor's High," "Professional Againster," "Look Alive Jive," and "Shoot the Offshoot," all of which make Davidson seem a touch modest. Los Angeles jury verdicts are less volatile. Still, Davidson insists he's pretty normal; he's not one of the real crazies out there -- though he's proud to have shared a stage with some of them. Like one member of the Candy Snatchers, who had his very own rock & roll ritual:

"First time I saw him, he cut his head with this bottle," says Davidson. "We said `Ow,' and he said, `No, every time I do it in the same place so I don't get a new scar next time.' Now that's a fun band." -- Christopher Gray

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