spooky bikes


Posted in Uncategorized by Mickey/SpookyBikes on November 1, 2007

Growing up as a teenager in South Carolina in the mid-late 90’s, in a town nearly completely devoid of young people two things became rapidly important in my life; Bikes and bike racing (as a form of literal escapism), and Rock and Roll (emotional escapism). Being stuck in a town full of insincere goons was an amazingly effective catalyst in making you want to do something to change your own situation. Bikes were the tool, and music was the fuel.

Avail was (and well, still is, I guess) a band that bring people together to sing along to songs about being alone, being on the road, and following the path you believe in. I was stuck in the South, and they were proud of Richmond VA, so somehow I took solace in that. On an album, Avail is a real hoot. Loud, discordant, melodic, plugged in. On a stage, like the Middle East Downstairs last night in Cambridge Avail can be transcendent.

A live Avail show takes music, rhythm, and words of 5 guys on a stage and through a process that I could only relate to transubstantiation they creative collective movement and an instant connection between everyone on the dance floor.

Now, I’m going to guess that a lot of people visiting this site have been to a Hardcore show before, but maybe an even larger amount have not. Dancing at a hardcore show is slightly different that that stuff Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers used to do in the movies. Elbow to asshole probably describes it as well as anything else. The magic of a hardcore show is how it brings people together in something that resembles violence but is actually fellowship.

The Scene;

Beau and Tim, pulling people back in. The power of the crowd. Protection, pulling up those who fall.

Speaking of those who fall, I’ve been meaning to put up a link to the Karl Alvarez benefit fund…

Medical bills are astronomical these days, and If I don’t get to see another Descendents show again I am going to be real bummed.

There were a lot of “older” folks on the floor up front last night. It was halloween, so maybe it was just an act, but everyone seemed like they were having a lot of fun. Big people were protecting small people, Tim and Beau were jumping into the crowd to pull people back onto the floor as the bouncers were trying to eject them, and the whole crowd was literally using each other for support between songs. The air was thin and full of fists, sweat and inadvertent spurts of blood.

A good hardcore show is just as much a miracle as bread and wine turning into flesh and blood. Even more so, as no belief must be suspended, and no logic subverted. The pit becomes one mass, a being made of hundreds of little cells, but all working toward one goal. The amazing part is that the show ends, you step out into the cold night, and you are so wet with your own sweat that you feel clean, like you have showered from the inside out, pushing all the crap that lives under your skin out, and leaving it in a puddle on the floor.

I thought I had started training again to race cross this fall. I was training to go to this show instead. The parralells between a good bike race and a good show are pretty obvious. Time trials suck, and so does dancing alone in your living room.

Off to NYC for the day to run some errands.

Ride your bike, drink coffee and listen to music. Or Mothra will destroy you.



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  1. megatron said, on November 1, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    a. i can’t believe i missed this. wearing a be-sequined cowboy costume was an extremely distant second.

    b. i happen to enjoy dancing alone in my living room, as any of my neighbors can attest.

  2. mtbdee said, on November 2, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    I’m bummed I had to miss this show. 4AM Friday is something I still listen to at least once a week. I haven’t seen them in too long since I moved back to NE, such a great band..

  3. admin said, on November 2, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    There is still time to see Avail on this tour. They are playing in Philly tonight. check the dates on http://www.availavail.com


  4. admin said, on November 5, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Of course, it took them 11 hours to get to Philly from Boston. They still raged, but their asses were kicked after the show….and before, really.

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