A mega update here as the WC2K Video Youtube Channel launches with footage from three old Flash band websites: NJ's Riding Bikes (2004), Philly's Stait of Mynd (2003), and West Chester's own Too Far To Walk. The Riding Bikes video demonstrates the animated menu. Will the pages actually be there when you click? You'll just have to find out. Stait of Mynd and Too Far To Walk's videos show their intro animations with unidentified song snippets and full screen is recommended.
What's more is 48 new links have been added across 32 bands and four Around Town locations:
Head to the Bands, Around Town, and Video pages now and see!
West Chester emo trio Outlet's Angelfire site outlived the band a good 17 years before falling to last week's Flash apocalypse. You can still find it out there actually if you dare, but navigation has become impossible due to its reliance on animated menus. Fortunately, WC2K was on the case and built a sort of replica site. This new one is essentially a reformatted version of their 2003 website containing links to some of the still-live but not Flash-reliant pages, as well as a few verbatim remakes where necessary. Links have been updated with Wayback Machine versions where available too, so a visit to Punker Than Thou is within reach once again. Unfortunately, no Outlet audio was available at this time, so for now you'll have to browse in silence.
Tl;dr Outlet's link has been restored in the Bands section. Stay tuned for more updates.
The Around Town section is up, featuring links to various non-band sites of local interest, including labels, record stores, venues, CD manufacturing facilities, and more. Also new is the Shows section, which is kind of sparse now for obvious reasons but will fill out as the past show calendar comes together.
Lastly, the following links in the Bands section have been updated:
Artists who have no remaining linked content are left on the list with placeholders for future content discovered or created. That's all for this dry update.
Short-lived instrumental indie-rock trio Pantless came together one last time on this day in 2009 at The Starr House in Phoenixville, then home of future world renowned sword swallower Mackenzie Molotov. Over the course of the year before, the Birchrunville ensemble rose from experiments in the Upattinas School music shed to a lively run including the Spring’s “Drug Free MF RV Tour” of North PA and the monumental Webfest in June, alongside contemporaries such as When Cars Ascend, Rasputin’s Secret Police, I Miss America, Meat Rainbow, The Psychedelicates, and many others.
Before guitarist Emmett Moskowitz left for the fall semester, Pantless dropped their sole full length, Pony Tales from Horseshoe Trail at a Chaplin’s Show in Spring City and copies going around at the Starr House show came in these vibrantly colorful hand drawn sleeves it’d be great to have a picture of. The warmth and energy of the new year radiated off the living room crowd as they launched into a set including seven tunes from the album and four otherwise unheard new songs. It might not have been clear at the time that this would be it for Pantless, but there couldn’t have been a more appropriate scene for their finale regardless.
Also on the bill was BeeTheeTree, a psychedelic solo vehicle of the late Jake Wagar. For this show he was backed up by Pantless’ Pat Higgins and Elliot Wilson and displayed a more guitar-driven sound than heard on his then-recent “Sounds from A Dark Forest” album. Pittsburgh americana-folk revival troupe Ursa Major came to town with hearty choruses that brought a campsite atmosphere foreshadowing their Webfest ’09 appearance. There was also this acoustic duo on the show and I’ve wished since that day I caught the name. They had this one original about carpooling and naivety and covered some standards like King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 and Third Planet. Any showgoers are welcome to head to that there Contact section to fill in the blanks here.
Though Pantless never reassembled after the Starr House show, its members went on to a variety of interesting stops on their musical paths. At the time Pat was drumming for short-lived Philly post-punk quartet Down Boy, led by former Meat Rainbow frontman Dan Timlin. Since then, he’s been seen and heard with Big Wheel, Caboder, Boy Lawyer, and most recently, the collaborative project BAMP. Elliot further joined forces with Jake from BeeTheeTree, forming the also short-lived trio Dr. Waimea, which continued the guitar-driven psych direction BeeTheeTree was headed in, and releasing two chillout electronica albums over the next year as duo Sexy Science. Eventually he joined Philly dreampop outfit The Morelings, playing alongside the likes of Mahogany, The Silence Kit, and Dead Leaf Echo, before their climax at 2017’s Excursions In Light. Emmett’s star rose throughout the 2010’s as well, touring and recording as Froggy’s Groovies to some acclaim.
So much has changed since Pantless disappeared and no future reunion show could recapture the atmosphere of the Starr House that January evening in 2009, but hopefully the video of their last set does something toward that. Taken on a run of the mill pre-smartphone camera, the sound quality isn’t all there and the image is much darker than it really was. Kinda unfortunate, the sick lighting of the room is barely noticeable, but whatever. Let the music stay with you.
To celebrate the New Year, WC2K has added some of it's audio stash to the Internet Archive. This first batch of uploads spans the years and styles of the decade and includes:
A Divine Invasion - "II" - (2004)
Arms Of Orion - demo (2002)
BeeTheeTree - "Sounds From A Dark Forest" (2008)
Holly Drive - "Live At Soundwaves" (circa 2003)
Nefarious - demo (2007)
The Occupants - "Live on 2nd" (2006)
Pilot Round The Sun - "Live At The Zebra Cocktail Lounge" (2004)
True Zero Hook - "Offenses Against Conscience" (2000)
The Tweeds - "Diapers + Vicodin" (2009)
Various - "Broken Records: Discomposed Vol. 1" (circa 2003)
Head over to the new Sounds section or click any of the above links to enjoy. If you have audio you'd like to contribute or takedown requests, head over to the Contact section. More audio and updated artwork to come whenever.
Happy New Year 2021!
It was known that Flash support would end today so it was expected that alot of this old remaining band info would be lost. Other non-Flash related information loss throughout the year included the West Chester Nuclear Winter Message board, Purevolume's remaining silent content, and other various website expiries. In an effort to minimize the impact, all old website links have been screened for reliance on Flash. Many sites contain flash content but will still run in some capacity without it. Videos of animated content and screenshots of the webpages have been taken. For now the Y2K20 Problem appears to be at least relieved. Early in 2021 the archived content will be organized and reposted in some fashion. Dead links will get cleaned up and newly found ones will be added. Shows and Around Town sections will also be added.
2020 saw many WC2K artists and alumni put out new or reissued material this year, including Left Behind, whose catalog was digitally rereleased by Black Shirt Music in April to commemorate the 15tth anniversary of their last show. Change must have been in the air that day, April 9, 2005, for so many other bands to finish off then too, like Mundo Rojo and Pilot Round The Sun. A reunion show was planned but postponed due to the pandemic. The date is still TBA but updated info will be added once the Shows section arrives.
Left Behind - catalog (2001-2005)
Lauren Adams - Makeout Tour '07 (2007)
Folk-Punk Lauren Adams rereleased her Makeout Tour '07 album in March. Hmm, I always remember the copy I got at Maysie's Farm Fest 2010 showing up in iTunes as "Go Fuck Yourself". Remember the Before Times to this.
Apparatus Engine - Perfect Weapon & My Dad Was A Badass (Live)
Long gone Creep Records artists Apparatus Engine dropped live recordings of two tracks from 2001's Save EP.
B'Gosh - B' Gosh Goes to H'ell
Frequent out of town visitor's from neighboring Delaware, indiepop duo B'Gosh (ludicriuously referred to as emo on a 2003 flyer) might be the last band standing. Recorded over a three year span between 2015 and 2018, B'Gosh To H'ell was released in October.
Seismic - s/t
Scene alums Anthony Mariano (Combat Crisis, F.T.C., Freedom's Slave), Ken Miller (Violent Visual, Last Day Dying) join forces with drummer Mike Lang to unleash a sludge doom soundtrack of today.
Reprover - catalog (2005-2006)
Exton death metal band Reprover's only full length Vikings Killed The Dinosaurs came out at a reunion show after some members went away to college so it probably wasn't so easy to come across even back then. In August, it was digitally rereleased along with the 2005 demo EP Give Reprover Money.
Tom Interchangeable - Visions All The Time (2020)
Former Dr. Waimea/Drop Out Academy bassist and DOI vocalist Tom Interchangeable's August release Visions All The time collects shoegaze and psychedelic tracks from 2006-2009.
Finding old local CD's out there is bullshit. Barely any of these old DIY CD’s were distributed beyond merch tables, and what percentage of showgoers bought and took care of those [mostly] CD-R’s anyway? Bands were deleting catalog left and right back then too, so if, for example, you wanted the Shaw TDT EP at a Kyle show you’re outta luck, you know, like I can’t believe Arms of Orion had a leftover You Started This EP at the D-town West ‘07.
Looking out the quarantine windows in the direction of a pub that Pilot Round The Sun supposedly once played a road date at, my eyes drifted to the time and date at the bottom of my computer screen. A vanilla Thursday to most, but these eyes at once identified a crystal anniversary. On April 9, 2005, after building up one of the strongest followings of any rock band in West Chester, Pilot Round The Sun wrapped up their career a mere five years in. Fitting their "bigger than any Texas of the mind" approach, the final show at Rex's Bar featured three sets, including one by the original lineup (Sean Hoots, Rob Berliner, Tim Celfo, Mike "Nice" Lynch), one by the late-period lineup (Hoots, Berliner, Mike Satzinger, Sam Richardson), and a combined six-piece finale.
From what I heard, this show was one to write home about, but being a high school freshman at the time it was basically non-negotiable that I wasn't going. This disappointment soon met relief, however, when an all ages Fennario matinee was added at the 11th hour. Promotion for this one was effectively limited to bulletins on this fledgling website called Myspace. I don't think it was specified that this bonus show would feature both lineups, but upon arrival it was no challenge to pick Celfo out of the crowd. Finally, the chance to see some of that earlier material they had phased out of the set by the time I belatedly caught onto them!
Considering the short notice and there being a show later that day where alcohol would also be sold, the sparse matinee attendance doesn't seem so surprising in hindsight. No one seemed to be recording anything, but video may exist of the Rex's nighttime show. If so, it unfortunately hasn't surfaced yet, so enjoy this March 2004 video Berliner posted of "Diction" (the last song from their last EP "Metrosessions") instead.
Less than a full year after the finale, Pilot Round The Sun reconvened over a chilly weekend for a pair of reunion shows. "The shows in question were intended to be reunions of both line-ups of PRTS for our friend's big local punk art show," explained Hoots in 2018. As luck would have it, this reunion weekend coincided with the North American Blizzard of 2006! This in turn meant that the most they could play was one show. Isn't that a twisted basket of hamburgers at a lemonade stand? A friend phoned me up the day after the show that actually did happen to well-meaningly rub in my face that they played rarity "Bangs Like Bettie" and that's about as new as news got.
Pilot Round The Sun hasn't been active since then, though Berliner has been a longstanding member of Hoots and Hellmouth, and Celfo too has occasionally appeared with them. One such appearance was the June 2011 memorial show for songwriter, poet, and Pilot supporter Dan Pevar at The Note. I recognized Lynch in the audience at this show and a vain hope set on of a surprise reunion. Not stopping short of asking him about this, I got the impression that if it were to happen, they would ideally want it to be with other bands of their era. Perhaps this is still a possibility, as Hoots and Celfo's pre-Pilot band The Gilroys returned Thanksgiving 2017 to a sold out Sprout Music Collective and have continued on a limited basis. For now it looks like the pandemic has scuttled whatever ship an End Transmission 20 show was sailing on, but there's gotta be a wealth of arbitrary future occasions to decide this should happen, right?
Livestreams and archival performances have effectively replaced live shows for the time being. Fortunately, now among the newly uncovered gems is the 2004 Dare I Day Dying tour documentary, posted April 1 to YouTube courtesy of LDD frontman Mark DelGuzzo. This previously unreleased documentary covers Last Day Dying and Dare I Say at the top of their game, and on upward momentum after the launches of their "Nite" and "This Is Where The Hero Falls On His Blade" EPs.
The gallery is now up, featuring an annotated assortment of flyers, stickers, tickets, etc. in roughly chronological order. Go to the Ephemera page and check it out!