[Photo courtesy of Ash Crowe]
Correspondent David Schwentker reports:
“There are bands of larger stature that emerged from the Triangle scene, but you’d have trouble finding one more beloved in the area than Pipe. For much of the 90’s, Pipe played their brand of SST-inspired punk throughout the region, threatening to blow away all other bands on the bill. They toured with the likes of Archers of Loaf, New Bomb Turks, and Bad Brains, and released a handful of 7″s and three great albums. Eventually, injuries and line-up changes forced an end to the band before the decade was out. After being essentially dormant for almost 10 years, the band was asked to play Merge XX in 2009 and played to an ecstatic crowd and a maelstrom of beer cans. Since then, the original line-up of the band (Ron Liberti, Mike Kenlan, Dave Alworth, and Chuck Garrison), has slowly lurched toward becoming an active concern and not just a reunion act, playing with increasing frequency, adding new songs to the setlist, and even heading out for a weekend tour to New York and Boston with Archers of Loaf last spring.
When trying to pick bands at a festival as broad and eclectic as Hopscotch, it’s tempting to skip local bands in favor of a bigger name down the street. This Pipe set, in a packed, sweaty, narrow bar, appropriately named Slim’s, shows why skipping the locals can be a mistake.
This set was recorded with Countryman B3 omnidirectional microphones mounted on the ceiling, near the speakers and above the crowd, and it a great representation of what it is was like to be packed near the front of the stage doding drinks, elbows, and guitars. Enjoy!”
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Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA
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Recorded and produced by David Schwentker
Microphones courtesy of Dan Schram
Countryman B3>Church Audio CA-9100>Olympus LS-10>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, tracking, amplify)>Trader’s Little Helper>FLAC ( level 8 )
03 Human Gutterball
04 Kirk’s Floor
05 Bug Boy
07 You’re Soaking In It
10 Breakfast In Veronica
11 Bowling For Fuckers
13 Little Black Lies