Right down in Davis Square, some of the best rock & roll bands in Boston will be battling Multiple Sclerosis tonight (Sat 9/29) in the second night of Crash Safely--an annual Boston music scene fundraiser held this year at the Davis Square Theater (formerly Jimmy Tingle's theater) in Somerville. Organizers Amanda Nichols (who rocks triumphantly with MS) and Nick Blakey have upped the ante this year by bringing in court jesters Cotton Candy and none other than the most royalest Upper Crust who promise once and for all to vanquish this sulking beast of a disease even if they have to stay together for another 300 years. Sidewalk Driver, TRiPLE THiCK and Thick Shakes will be rocking with prominence as well.
I stepped into the court of the Upper Crust's Lord Bendover (2nd left) and this is what he had to say.
Inbound Sounds: So, thanks for taking the time to talk about Crash Safely. I'm Jonathan.
Lord Bendover: I am the Lord Bendover. I play the guitar. In a rocque band called the Upper Crust.
And how long have you been engaged in this work with your fellows?
LB: Since 1734. We started rather late.
For our readers that may have seen you in your fine regalia, promoting triumphantly the virtues of rocque, can you explain what you are doing here in 2012?
LB: We continue to rocque. "Never stop rocquing" is our motto.
I understand that you make recordings as well--what was the last one?
LB: I'd like to add that that motto is writ in Latin above a crest of a unicorn "frolicking with" a sheep. Our last recording was Revenge For Imagined Slights. Granted it has been a couple of years since we've released an album. But we are moved by a great lack of urgency in that regard.
Now, on the subject of charity. In the early days of the Upper Crust, would such a charity event as Crash Safely had occurred? Or, would the aristocrats of rocque society have turned a blind eye?
LB: Never. But we have become more sensitive to the plight of the disadvantaged. Not that we are any less absorbed in our own selves. It is simply more convenient to be undisturbed by the cries of the poor and sick.
So as not to alarm our readers, our good colleagues Amanda Nichols (herself the organizer of this soiree) and the good Peter Hayes (he of the Figgs) find this line of discussion not only appropriate but amusing. And both have tangled with this scurrilous Multiple Sclerosis bastard.
LB: A nasty phenomenon it is too. I can think of only a few people I would wish it on.
You've seen many revolutions in your day--the American, the French, the Industrial, the Rocque....
LB: I have indeed. None of them for the better. Except for Rocque. And counter-revolution. Restoration, rather.
What do you know of this merciless Multiple Sclerosis scourge. This nagging bastard?
LB: I know very little. Only that it must be eradicated... lest we be forced to play benefits until kingdom come.
And the Upper Crust remains in the service of whom?
LB: Ourselves alone my friend. But we shall always rocque those ready and willing.
Very good Sir. Thank you for your inter-view.
LB: And a very good day to you Sir.
a Benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Saturday Sept 29
The Davis Square Theater (Somerville, MA)
Saturday, Sept 29
The Upper Crust
Visit the 2012 Crash Safely website for tickets and times
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