September 24th, 2008
It’s going to be a routine of good Cop, bad cop next week in Ballard.
Business partners Drew Church and Ben Shepherd are dusting off their four-stringed instruments and taking to the Tractor’s stage with their respective bands for a fundraising event. The Cops have been absent from the local concert calendar for a few months, and Hater hasn’t been on stage since…. uhh, Bill Clinton was in office? Quick history lesson: Hater was a short-lived Soundgarden side project, made up of Ben and Matt, amongst other musicians. My expectations for the headliner Hater are divided between 1) being blown away by Matt Cameron’s always-amazing drumming and 2) increased disdain for the always-caustic, but puzzlingly magnetic Shepherd.
The Curious Mystery will also appear on the bill, a week before their appearance at the highly-anticipated Reverb Festival. Their record, Go Forth and Gather, is a collection of songs that seem closer related to the freer-form garage rock of Ben and Matt’s project than the loud, Clash-influenced assault of The Cops. No doubt that this is a solid bill, well-worth the twelve bucks at ticketweb.com.