A tribute to Dan McClain 

Show review

Bottom Dollar, Rather Not, Anything But, Track 32
Friday, Feb. 25

There was a much different feel than usual at Club LOGOS as the show was a tribute to Dan McClain, the singer of local band Anything But, who passed away Feb. 16 due to complications from a car accident the weekend before. There were four bands scheduled to play, one being the other four members of Anything But, and in between sets, if you looked at one of the two televisions by the stage, you would see videos of Anything But.

The venue filled up fast with a strange mix of people from every little subculture. The first band was Bottom Dollar, from Fort Wayne, whose soundcheck was a fast, nearly unrecognizable version of The Ramones’ “53rd and 3rd.” They also played a cover of “Chainsaw,” another Ramones song, and managed to throw in a shortened version of “Surfin’ Bird,” the ’60s sing-along by The Trashmen. As a band, they seemed somewhat disorganized, like they weren’t sure who was supposed to be singing at any given moment, but managed to pull through, and I assumed it was just one of their first gigs until they announced that they had CDs for sale. Apparently, one of the members had pinkeye and couldn’t make it; in that case, they get credit for playing anyway.

The next band was Rather Not, formerly named Lost. They had filled in at PRN before and sounded a little too much like Nirvana for the audience, but this time they seemed more original, although they had the same style. Yes, they played a Nirvana cover — “In Bloom” — but they had a much better handle on their own music since I saw them two and a half months ago. They were followed by Anything But, who played a four-song set, two of which were instrumentals. The instrumentals seemed to have a message — that although the band was going to keep playing, things would never quite be the same. That short set was the most powerful part of the night. Track 32 finished the show, and although they started with a promising Bouncing Souls-type sound, they sounded more like Blink 182 by the end of the fourth song.

The tribute show was a great way for everybody to pay their respects, but still have a good time. And everybody did.

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