Sunday, September 2, 2012

Last Show Recap

The last show came and went. Thanks for showing up and making it a party. I thought I might get all emotional and dumb but it turns out I'm an careless prick with no feelings. Just had a blast with a ton of friends and set the thing on fire whilst handing out PB&Js. It was great to play the old songs with Burke and blow the power at the Comet again. Also need to give Eric Carnell of Android Hero huge props for coming through with the t-shirts last minute.

The local press had some kind things to say about us.
Farewell Akimbo - Brian Cook
Farewell Akimbo, and remember that time they made drunk of the week - Kelly O
Akimbo's last stand - Todd Hamm

Here we are crushing LUNGLESS

Our friend Hollie took a bunch of sweet photos. The full flickr set is HERE.

Couldn't have asked for a better send off.

The last album is in the works. Stay tuned for that junk.




Monday, May 14, 2012

Last show will be 8/11 at Comet in Seattle

Our last show will be Saturday August 11th at the Comet Tavern in Seattle, WA.

Here is a helpful FAQ for the inquisitive fuckers out there:

  • We decided to stop playing because Aaron is leaving the band for non-dramatic reasons. He just wants to do other stuff. Nat and I are completely busy/fulfilled with our various other projects and see no need to drag you people through any more nonsense than you deserve. Also, Aaron is really good, and rather than try and outshine his contributions we'd rather be lazy and just do other bands.
  • The decision was totally boring. We talked for a bit, agreed it was the best call, and started talking about the last show. Nobody punched anyone, nobody was the asshole, voices were not raised. So far in my experiences breaking up with a band is way easier than breaking up with a girl.
  • Akimbo has been actively playing shows since October of 1998. That's roughly 14 & 1/2 years, which is longer than I did anything else. Including school.
  • We have almost a whole album written. We might try and record some songs, we might not. It all boils down how little of a pain in the ass that is going to be and if any labels are foolish awesome enough to release a half complete record that will never be performed.
  • Counting touring guitar players, Aaron was the band's 11th member.
  • We released 6 albums. I love and hate all of them equally. 
  • The single greatest influence on this band is/was Nomeansno. If you are reading this and don't know them you need to correct that.
  • When we started booking tours the internet wasn't a thing. We used phones and we cold called angry people who did not want to talk to you.
  • When I try to think of bands that can outdrink us night for night on tour I really have to dig deep. Saviours is probably the closest. Lords' original line up also came close. Everyone else got dusted.
  • Five vans have fallen under our touring battle cry.
  • I think my favorite show of the band's lifetime was a last minute show to 20 people in a wine cellar in Paris, France. It went off like a pipe bomb. You weren't there.
  • Considering the casual nature of all this I'm not going to say we'll NEVER play again. It could happen with the right circumstances. We'll probably be fat and gross and if you go you'll probably be initially stoked but end up disappointed that it wasn't as good as you remember. Just to be dramatic I want to put a ridiculous disclaimer on that, so I'll say we won't play a reunion show unless it is also Botch's reunion show.
  • I don't care if you never liked this band. It was always for me, never for you. You were just a happy accident.
... that being said ... Ferocious and sincere thanks to all of our friends and supporters. We have had a gift of an experience and take none of it for granted. Each one of you have a seat saved at our banquet hall in Valhalla.

Have a good time all the time.

See you 8/11

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quick update.

We are still writing the new album and have about 9 songs in various stages of completion. Hoping to record in the summer. This record will literally cure AIDS.

The Brokaw album release show at the Sunset was a bruiser. Thanks a ton for coming out and getting rowdy.

Sandrider released an album in December. It is HERE if you're looking.

Added some shows in May that we're very excited about. May 11th and 12th we'll be joining two bands that used to tear up the northwest with regular efficiency but have become increasingly rare sightings: The Ruby Doe and Black Elk. 11th at Comet in Seattle, and 12th at Shakedown in Bellingham.

Now I'm off to Crate and Barrel to get some dishwear.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Live videos from MFNW in Portland w/ Neurosis

The Fucking French (new!)

Digging a Hole (old!)

I am very Successful (new)

10/15 Poster

Here's the Nat Damm poster for our upcoming rager with Grenades and Bitches Crystal. Does your band's poster have this much baby vomit?

No. No it does not.

[suck it chops]

MFNW 2011 - Photos

Thanks for QRO for posting these. Full gallery is here.

"Keeping with my plan of avoiding the multitude of Portland indie-pop bands that sound like music from a Starbucks commercial, the next band for the day was Akimbo.  Akimbo is a hardcore band but at their core has the genes passed down from their hometown Seattle's harder grunge side.  Which makes it no surprise that they've been recorded both by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles and Neurosis's Neurot Recordings

Akimbo was just the band to warm up for the evening's shows. "

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eat Beer Shit Riffs (new shirt)

New shirt for sale online over at shirt killer (click this to buy). It's another Nat Damm original. $15, and totally worth it considering it says "shit" real big on the back.

Hell yes!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CHBP Poster

A Damm Damm Damm design original poster for our Cha Cha show as part of Capitol Hill Block Party this year. We go on at 9:45 at the Cha Cha stage, Sat 7/23.

It's all new levels of gross. We are gonna do our best to be as disgusting as this poster.

Bra Rock at Wild Buffalo in 2009

Stumbled across these pictures the other day from a raucous show at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham from back in 2009. If memory serves me correct it was either Cicadas' last show or Dog Shredder's first show. Anyways, we're playing our usual dumb shit and all of a sudden this girl jumps on stage and takes her shirt off and starts getting nutty in just a bra. Was she wasted? Fucking of course. Luckily there were cameras. Enjoy!

Thanks to Paul Israel for the pictures.

These shots make me love my life.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stacy Schrag

We recently heard that our long time friend Stacy Schrag committed suicide on May 18th. This was a huge shock to hear and we're still reeling.

I wrote a big sappy eulogy, then read it, then deleted it. I don't think it was in the spirit of Stacy Schrag. I think I wrote it for myself to help process his absence, but I think if he read it he'd look at me with a smirk and tell me to fuck off. Here is the condensed version. Honest. Straight to the point. No bullshit. It's more his style.

Stacy played guitar in Blueprint for Disaster. They were unrelentingly brutal. Show for show I don't think I've been more positive I would see someone's blood than I was with BfD.

When we parted ways with Patrick, Stacy played guitar with us for a 5 week tour. He was my first pick for the job and after the tour I tried very diligently to get him to move to Seattle and permanently join the band. He declined, choosing to stay in Medford with his wife at the time (love you too Kimbo!) and continue building up the small DIY scene in Southern Oregon.

Stacy was a phenomenal photographer. We're proud to have his photography in our albums. His flickr page is here.

Stacy was a loyal friend. You could cold call him at 3am on a shitty drive up the coast and he'd open his house to you and the other 2 bands you're touring with in a second. He had your back without any hesitation.

I wish I could say I knew he was having trouble and had the opportunity to reach out and see if I could help, but sadly that's not how this shit tends to go down. Still think about him everyday. Love and miss him.