On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I came across an article in Washington City Paper's The Answers Issue in which one reader asked “Why do D.C. bands suck so much now?” It's a ridiculous question, but looking beyond the troll-hard element, it did stir up a rich and somewhat heated debate about the local music scene in our nation's capital, which is where Deleted Scenes calls home. In light of the group's show tonight at 529 (Mon., March 19), singer and guitarist Dan Scheuerman offers up his top 5 misconceptions about bands from D.C.
1. That we suck: D.C. is just now emerging from a long lame spell that began when the Dismemberment Plan broke up. It's getting good again. Check out Hume, Cigarette, the Caribbean, Sockets Records and Future Times.
2. That we are bummed about the scene: Minor Threat broke up when I was 1 year old. I missed the Dischord days, more or less. But I do kind of miss third wave ska.
3. That we feel some kind of secret guilt about not being punk: It would have been a cop-out to claim a scene that doesn't exist any more. It was much more interesting to establish an identity of our own.
4. That the 9:30 Club is small: Parents and people who work at banks often ask if we're still playing at "small clubs like the 9:30 Club." I'm like, "That's where Wilco plays, mom!" The radio economy has forever skewed the layperson's definition of success.
5. That we might ask who you work for: D.C. is full of political climbers — interns and think tankers jockeying for influence. But they're pretty distinct from the art scene. They only go to Best New Music shows.
Deleted Scenes play 529 tonight (Mon., March 19) with the Mad Flight and the Long Shadows. Free. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?
WWW you trying to date big boi? Sounds like you got a lil bromance bruh