OK, so I think I’ve got this figured out now. Jon Bonser, the drummer for The New Kinetics and Soft Lions (on the right), wanted to play guitar. And Brian Reilly from the New Kinetics (center) felt left out with only one band. So in order to resolve these issues they obviously needed to form a new band – and call it the Hiroshima Mockingbirds. Makes sense to me.
This was the third time I’ve seen a debut show in the past month (including Creepseed and Cardinal Moon) and like the other two, if they hadn’t told us it was their first set we never would have guessed. Everything about the HM’s made it seem like they’ve been around for awhile and will be around for some time. They fit perfectly into the indie/garage scene that is revitalizing rock n’ roll on a local and national level.
For at least twenty years now I’ve heard and read that rock is dead or dying (fuck you Gene Simmons) but when I see a set by a new band like the Hiroshima Mockingbirds I know that I’ve got nothing at all to worry about.
Here’s a video of “Jonny’s Trees”: Hiroshima Mockingbirds at the Til-Two Club