Punk rock history is being written this weekend as a brand new Montgomery / Prattville band, Grasping At Pieces, debuts live at the Sanctuary.
“It’s like a mix of old Californian hard core, and also some of the oldest bands in Alabama. The Knockabouts, Dead Pigeons and all that,” said P.UKE, 15, guitarist and singer, describing the style of his group.
On Saturday at 432 Goldthwaite St., Montgomery, Grasping At Pieces will be joined by Chodes, Pleasant Valley and Montgomery’s own punk rockers Abusements in The Halloween Hootenanny, which also features DJ Clemanzo. The show for all ages starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $ 10 at the door.
“Hey, look at us. We’re doing it one way or another,” said P.UKE, who described his band as a DIY effort, with a little help.
“The entertainment helped us. They gave us PA speakers, and that sort of thing,” he said. “But all the songs, the writing, and the work are DIY. It’s really like we can do it, you can do it too.”
Both P.UKE teammates are also 15 years old. The drummer is Zeegle, who is actually a guitarist, but took on the role of drummer because they really needed it.
Look up to see the band’s bassist, known as the Elevated One.
“He’s always been the tallest in our group,” said P.UKE.
So what’s up with P.UKE’s stage name? “I just thought it was funny,” he said.
The trio’s friendship dates back to when they were all in the same elementary school in Montgomery.
“Now with life in high school and all that, we’ve split into three separate schools,” said P.UKE. “But we always kept in touch.”
The members of Grasping At Pieces started playing instruments about three years ago and have been playing together for about four months.
“We’re just trying to do it in the time we have,” said P.UKE. “It’s our first really organized thing. We have real songs that we write.”
Some lyrics are serious, but not a lot. “Most of them just like to joke,” he said.
They have posted a few repeat audio clips on YouTube for “Knockabout” and “Puke” so far. Serious recording is a possibility in the near future, although they will wait until they get the sound they want.
“My uncle has a 12-track recorder at his house,” said P.UKE. “He offered to come over there when we are ready.
From Saturday’s lineup, P.UKE is particularly familiar with Pleasant Valley guitarist Jamie Hamilton. P.UKE’s dad plays with Hamilton in another band.
“It’s weird. I can’t escape my dad’s musical stuff that he did,” said P.UKE.
Growing up, P.UKE said his house was full of music from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, although his older brother also shared metal bands with him.
“And then the whole Guitar Hero craze came along,” said P.UKE. “I discovered Sublime this way, and it was one of my flagship bands.”
He said another catwalk was seeing Green Day’s music video for “Basket Case.”
“All of a sudden I was listening to underground and obscure bands,” said P.UKE.
P.UKE was introduced to Alabama punk rock history through the compilation album “I’ve Got the Bible Belt Around My Throat”.
“It was my gateway to all the old bands in Alabama,” he said. “Then it made me realize, hey, maybe I should look into the new stuff. Then I found Abuses and I was like, oh my God, these guys are in the same town as us. We have a chance to be able to do shows here. ”
Abuse frontman MC $ upa $ preader is one of the new fans of Grasping At Pieces.
“He’s doing some interesting things,” MC said of P.UKE.
P.UKE was featured at the Sanctuary last year, when he attended the Punk Rock Prom concert.
“I walked in the door and I was like this is where I’m supposed to be,” said P.UKE. “And now we’re playing there this weekend.”
That’s not all. The next day at 9 p.m., Grasping at Pieces will be at the Black Market Bar & Grill at 5 Points in Birmingham with One Like Son, a project by Montgomery multi-talented artist Stephen Poff.
“For some reason we thought it would be a good idea to book the first two shows as a mini tour, I guess,” said P.UKE. “Just so we can say we did it.”
Pour in the original mustard
P.UKE’s love for punk rock music inspired him to create his own online publication called Original Mustard, which he touts as “Alabama’s Best Worst Punk Fanzine.”
It currently has four issues available as downloadable .pdf files at originalmustardmag.wixsite.com/originalmustard.
He writes all the content and takes lots of pictures. With Alabama, he obtains information about shows in other southern states.
“I actually had a lot of help from Chris Eckels (the bassist of Abuses), getting pictures of shows I couldn’t attend,” said P.UKE.
After all, P.UKE is still 15 years old, and a lot of punk rock concerts are 21 and over.
” There is also a YouTube page (Original Mustard Zine) where I started archiving old records of Alabama punk bands, probably without their knowledge, ”said P.UKE.
Contact reporter Shannon Heupel of Montgomery Advertiser at [email protected]