What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
As odd as this might sound, Saturday Night Live circa ‘79-‘80 changed my life. I already loved music and wanted to be in a band, but during those two seasons I was exposed to several bands and a genre of music that would influence me to this day. Devo, Talking Heads, and The B-52’s made the biggest impact.
I grew up with a father who owned a record store in the early ‘70s, so I had every 45 rpm that was on America's Top 40, and then I got into hard rock and metal. After seeing these “new wave”/post-punk bands, I ditched all my “rock” records and immersed myself in anything that was of a counterculture nature. It got me thinking outside the mainstream at the tender age of 12.
One of my favorite quotes is from d.boon of The Minutemen—“Punk Rock Saved My Life.” For me, no truer words have ever been spoken.
David Koslowski’s recent return to Baltimore from North Carolina has been most welcome. Koslowski brings great enthusiasm, a dash of elder statesman status, an excellent project—check out his current band, Free Electric State—and a nod to past glories with Liquor Bike, who play a 20th anniversary show this Saturday at Ottobar. More than a walk down memory lane, the show figures to be a celebration of a band that had a great run in the 1990s—look for their Merkin discs next time you’re scanning the bins at Sound Garden. Doors open at 9 pm, and tickets are $10. Helikopter opens, and former ‘HFS DJ Johnny Riggs hosts the festivities.