One of the great influences on punk and grunge, The Fluid has finally reunited after a 15 year hiatus. First announcing that they were only reuniting to perform at Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Festival and some concerts in their hometown Denver, they have decided to grace the tri-state area with their presence. They’ll be playing at Maxwell’s on Jan. 16 at 9:30 p.m. and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m.
In 1984, bassist Matt Bischoff decided to form a band when his former band Frantix split, so he chose guitarists James Clower and Rick Kulwicki, and drummer Garrett Shavlik. They were known as Madhouse until vocalist John Robinson showed up. After that, the only name they could all agree on was The Fluid. From there on, they led a charmed career.
Their first show drew a crowd of 400 people. As the first non-Seattle band to sign to Sub-Pop, they had the opportunity to play alongside Soundgarden and Nirvana. Nirvana did a split with them in 1991, and The Fluid gained national fame. Yet, they should be remembered for much more. Their live shows were filled with the intensity of Robinson and the hard hitting nature of their music, which was not only grunge but had the punk and classic rock tones of the New York Dolls. The chance to see one of their legendary performances again shouldn’t be wasted.
The Music Hall of Williamsburg is at 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Ages are 18+. Maxwell’s is at 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are $15. For more info, go to imeem.com/thefluid.
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