Dirty Buttons, Cheap Bastard Squad, Police State, Pen 15 Club

Tin House

Saturday, Oct. 23

On a rainy Saturday night, a small group gathered at the Tin House — a flashy, glam-rock looking shack surrounded by everything from a suspended satellite dish hanging over a table like an umbrella to a unicycle thrown in the corner.

The Dirty Buttons started the show with Pugsley saying that he had to be nice this time — he called the audience faggots at the Emerson the night before with a comment along the lines of, “OK, I don’t hate homosexuals — but I hate you!” Then he proceeded to dance all around the floor of the Tin House, shoving the microphone in people’s faces to see if they could master the complicated lyrics of “Oi! Oi! Oi oi oi!” and making occasional sounds like he was secretly throwing up behind the drum set.

Next up was Cheap Bastard Squad, a band from Ft. Wayne, and Pugsley and three or four other people managed to make a small pit, which had to be re-formed every time a new song began.

Police State played next, with an especially impressive set, given they had about five minutes notice before the show began that they were going to play — and it was their first show ever. The microphones were too quiet — at times it was hard to hear any singing at all — and they finished with a cover of Cock Sparrer’s “Where Are They Now,” with people rushing to the microphones to sing along.

The last band was a group of Broad Ripple kids, freshly renamed the Pen 15 Club, but better known as the Insurgents. When asked why they changed their name, Andrew Butz explained that the Insurgents sounded too political and that they’d rather just have a good time than worry about that.

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