By Jacob Katel
By Laurie Charles
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
The evening's host was Kim Fowley, the rock and roll producer/writer/et cetera best known for creating Joan Jett's teenage girl band the Runaways. His tall stature and shockingly white hair, coupled with a black suit and a white collar, made him look like a corrupt priest. My inner Catholic schoolgirl envisioned getting whacked across the knuckles with a ruler if I hit a sour note. He handed me his business card before we went on, then introduced us to the crowd. The ten-minute set was seemingly over before we even had a chance to get nervous.
The rest of the night was a blur of sweat and vodka tonics. At the end of headliners Rocket from the Crypt's set, the judges announced the winners as Muck and the Mires and the Blackouts. The two bands were solid representations of each side of the garage rock spectrum, and they were off to play another ten-minute set, but this time at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival on Randall's Island with the Strokes, the New York Dolls, and Iggy and the Stooges.
After oversleeping our checkout time by an hour, we returned to the road and ended our tour on Sunday in Brooklyn. We were back in familiar territory, playing at the aptly named Trash Bar. It ended up being the best show of the trip, and we left New York at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning with an extra boost of morale.