Photos And Words By Clarissa Villondo
Casa Fiesta has become a staple DC DIY venue since it’s first show last year. It has the feel of a basement house show but is located in the attic of a Mexican restaurant. Are the people who work in the restaurant friendly? No, but I won’t complain. They have to deal with people who don’t buy much and loud music that probably angers the neighbors.
I probably wouldn’t have attended, or even known, this show if it wasn’t for Sean of The Parsecs inviting me after Kill Lincoln’s Rock & Roll Hotel show in August (Thank you, networking.). A show that’s only $5 with a good line up in a venue that I like and haven’t been to in awhile is definitely a show I didn’t want to miss. Chances are you missed it. Maybe fifteen people not in one of the bands were there. Three other people were taking photos as well, two of them were in the bands playing and one doesn’t post pictures.
The show was going to start an hour late so I wasted time in the restaurant. Checking Facebook, texting friends, drinking a Coke, I did anything I could to make that hour not seem so long. All of a sudden, I heard music from upstairs and DC of BraceFace asked someone, “Are they starting now?”
I ran up the stairs and saw The Parsecs playing. With that said, I missed the first two songs, but I managed to walk in as they played “Onward and Upward.” Bass player Adam’s dreads kept hitting him in the face, which was probably painful for him but turned out to be some good photos for me. Sean mentioned they had another show coming up on Monday at The Pinch, in which many responded, “Where is The Pinch?”
BraceFace was up next. The first and last time I saw them, they stripped down to their underwear, so it was relieving to know that they owned and could play in clothes. The set began with a joking cover of the first few lines from “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” by Fall Out Boy, which immediately led into “I’m Not Perfect (But At Least I’m Ok!)” Their set list was very similar to that at Rock & Roll Hotel, including “Straight Edge” and “Bubblegum Girl.” Plenty of references to the Rock & Roll Hotel show were thrown around from David getting kicked out, jokes about Washington DC trying to ban them from playing, and the banana kid jacking off.
Burn Burn Burn from Seattle was the third to play. Their set was full of technical difficulties, which began with something going wrong with the microphones or PA. Their bass player, who has probably one of the best mustaches I’ve ever seen, warned us it might be an instrumental set. The PA eventually started working again , but the difficulties quickly followed with a broken bass string and a useless guitar. While all of the equipment was working, they managed to play “My Friends,” “Aim for the Drain,” “Bastard Church,” and “This Machine.” DC and I were mostly running around each other to try to photograph Burn Burn Burn with much failure.
The photographing continued to be a struggle, trying to get the cameras to work in time for just the right moment, just the right shot during Walk the Plank’s set. It began with “Oxana” and followed with “93 South.” Walk the Plank singer Ian was constantly running around in the crowd, shoving the microphone at people to join him. The pit broke out again and trying to get a clear shot of the pit with Ian in it proved to be nearly impossible. The set continued with “Control” and “Settling,” and Ian thanking the crowd for going there and not seeing D.O.A. at Black Cat.
If you’re available next Monday night, go see The Parsecs at The Pinch in Columbia Heights or head to Fairfax to see Walk the Plank.
Walk the Plank