Mid/Late 90s Washington, DC… A burgeoning underground with house shows to remember at the Kansas Street House, which still stands in Arlington, VA even though it is threatened by the virus of tanning salons popping up on every corner. A show I remember vividly is Les Trois Malheures (that’s French for THE THREE BAD HOURS) who attacked the crowd amongst low lights with a chaotic intensity. This band was fronted by Jonathan Krienik (guitar/vocals) who also is the producer for such records as: Trans Am “Futureworld”, Frodus “Conglomerate International”, The Apes “Tapestry Mastery”, Measles Mumps Rubella, as well as all sorts of other recordings including some remixes for some hipster New York bands. He later went on to form Pines Of Nowhere, who released a record on Level Plane Records. On bass was Ann Jaeger, of Black Cat Club fame, and James Marinelli on drums who played in Samuel in the early 90s. The band was a magical spark in the DC scene during that time period. Frenetic concerts, short songs, sloppiness, and danger. Pulling from a variety of influences and a once-forgotten punk spirit. Last that I know of them is that they opened for Refused and Frodus in Washington, DC to a rather befuddled crowd of hardcore kids who probably would love this band now. Rumor has it they are going to reform this year to reboot the chaos. Enjoy the danger. Also if you see Le Tigre this year, Jonathan is their soundman, go and say “hi”.
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