Times Beach Releases Raw Pop This Saturday, Opens for Perfect Pussy

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Times Beach playing cover songs on Halloween.

What we like most about St. Louis is... how weird everyone is, especially in the music scene. You go other places and everyone is in their own little groups and cliques. Here, everyone is very individual. The creative people are using their insane minds to make new things, and rehashed bands and art are made fun of. Also, everyone heckles and criticizes each other pretty openly and that rules.

We make music because... when a group of people listen to a song it can make them feel much more connected to each other. Music fills in the blanks where words can't describe feeling.

We've learned the most from... playing lots of shows in lots of different places with lots of different people.

The St. Louis music scene could use... A place to have shows that is all ages, allows alcohol and won't get shut down by the cops. Or at least just somewhere to have smaller shows without a sound guy or high prices. Music is always the afterthought at places in this town, something to do while you drink.

Mabel Suen

The best post-show food in St. Louis is... Pizza or pancakes. Maurizio's if you want to pizza around downtown or Uncle Bill's and Courtesy Diner on the southside if you are a pancake. We're mostly vegetarians and this town mostly sucks for food.

Our first bands were... Travis and Mark were in Suburban Smash in high school and that evolved into Masculine Journey. Ben was in Twin Piles in high school, and that was around 2003 to 2004, so it was pretty insensitive and punk.

Five current artists worth listening to are... Condominium is maybe the most creative punk band that exists right now plus it's all intense. Technicolor Teeth does really cool psychedelic pop sort of similar to us in theory but definitely way different in practice. Trauma Harness from St. Louis just put out the best Halloween tape ever made but they have a pretty varied set even though they are kind of pigeonholed as a gothy band. Makthaverskan is a reverb-y punk band from Sweden that just put out a great record that many people have probably not heard because the records are hard to get in America. Kurt Rosenwinkel is a jazz guitarist that Ben likes a lot and looks up to, but note that Mark thinks jazz is stupid so there's an added bit of tension to our band.

Times Beach
w/ Perfect Pussy, The Funs, Self Help
@ Melt
9 p.m. | $5

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Previously from our Fill in the Blank series:
- The Glass Cavalry
- The Blu Skies
- Animal Teeth
- Popular Mechanics
- Brotherfather
- Bad Dates
- Beauty Pageant
- Pillow Talk
- The Tennis Lesson
- The Funs
- Brothers Lazaroff
- Quaere Verum
- Sarah Bollinger
- Little Big Bangs
- Everything Went Black
- Lions Eat Grass
- Kevin Harris
- Laika
- Heavy Horse
- Barely Free Partial Prisoners
- The Defeated County
- Lizzie Weber
- Kenshiro's
- B.E.L.L.A.
- Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
- Humdrum
- The Blind Eyes

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