Playing Thursday night
at Sunset Tavern as warm-up for “official” Saturday night Sub Pop set.
By Fred Mills
BLURT has learned — this isn’t the world’s best kept secret,
but hey, we think it’s pretty fucking cool just the same — that the mighty
Fluid will be performing a secret show in Seattle leading up to its spot at the
Sub Pop 20th Anniversary bash (which you can read about HERE).
According to vocalist John Robinson, the band is appearing
Thursday night at the Sunset Tavern, located at 5433 Ballard Ave NW. The show is
officially listed on the venue’s website as featuring The Press Corps “with
special guests,” but the fact that it’s also listed as having already SOLD OUT
probably indicates that this “secret” gig, indeed, ain’t such a big secret at
Robinson tells BLURT that having done extensive rehearsals,
plus a pair of preliminary gigs at the Fluid’s old stomping grounds in Denver
on June, the Fluid is in fine form and that all five members — Robinson on
vocals; James Clower and Rick Kulwicki on guitars; Garrett Shavlik on drums;
Matt Bischoff on bass — are feelin’ the love like it’s the late ‘80s and early
‘90s all over again.
“We’ll probably play the same songs [in Seattle]
as we did in Denver,”
says Robinson, “and I don’t think anyone’s going to be disappointed.” The band
got back together specifically for the Sub Pop 20th event after
being encouraged by the label’s Jonathan Poneman and Megan Jasper; the Fluid
were Sub Pop’s first non-Northwest band and were peers of Green River/Mudhoney,
Nirvana, Tad, Soundgarden, etc. The two Denver
gigs were their way of saying “thank-you” to their old hometown crowd, and
YouTube videos of the shows confirm that said crowd was pretty damn chuffed.
“But we’re also doing this out of no expectations other than
to please ourselves,” he adds.
Watch for the July/August digital magazine of BLURT for our
exclusive Fluid feature. We’ll also have the Green River
story for you. Why? Because we care, gentle readers. We care.