Thu 5/11 @ 8:30PM
Cleveland’s Rocket From the Tombs was a joke band when it first played out in 1974 but it rapidly got serious, and by the following year, it had morphed into the influential Pere Ubu and launched a career that the band’s singer David Thomas has ridden through to the present.
In its brief original lifetime, RFTT never released any material. But a 2002 re-issue caused the band to reunite for a while. Since then they’ve done more reunion tours and released several albums. Currently, only two members remain from back in the day: Thomas and bassist Craig Bell, who are joined by three other Clevland musicians: drummer Steve Mehlman (who is also in Pere Ubu), and guitarists Gary Siperko of the Whiskey Daredevils and Buddy Akita, of This Moment in Black History. They attempt to re-channel the flailing, tentative beginnings of the clangorous proto-art rock Pere Ubu late perfected.
They’re back at the Beachland Tavern with Unholy Two opening. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door.