Sort of like a punk-rock version of kudzu, seminal Knoxville punk rock band Teenage Love never seems to go away. A decade after its first break-up, the band reunited in 2002 for a show on Market Square and a handful of other gigs. Now the last line-up of the band—singer Rus Harper, bassist (and Metro Pulse contributor) John Sewell, guitarist Jeff Cregger, and drummer Jay Martin—have just finished recording nine songs for a new full-length CD that should be out in a few weeks.
"We were planning on five and we got nine," Harper says. "This line-up, I think it's got its shit together. Everybody seems to have gotten better."
Seven of the newly recorded songs are from the band's original catalog, but two are of more recent vintage. "John wrote one of them several years ago," Harper says. "We never worked it up or anything, but we debuted it at the Corner Lounge. It's called ‘Girl, Go Crazy.' The other one's brand new. It's almost a pop song. It's called ‘The Dirty Side of Town,' about slinking back into the old neighborhood after 10 years."
The band recorded with producer/engineer Seva in Martin's basement in Oak Ridge. Harper says an online version of the as-yet-untitled album ("I'm tempted to call it Fuck the R.I.A.A. or Greatest Shits Vol. 2, but it might just be self-titled, with the ‘TL' logo on black leather," he says) may be ready in just a few weeks.
"Seva let us hear bits and pieces while we were recording, and I can't wait to get my paws on this thing," he adds. (Matthew Everett)
Despite what you may have heard, Knoxville Food & Drink is still open. Rumors have abounded for the past two or three weeks that the Kingston Pike dance club, located behind Western Plaza, went out of business. The scuttlebutt even reached the offices of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which sent out agents to investigate.
Turns out that Drink is indeed still open, and the rumors regarding where Drink gets its alcohol and the purity of Drink's potent potables are all unfounded. The proprietors of Drink believe the rumors were started by disgruntled employees, but they aren't sure. One of the owners, Keith Blanks, says, "We're not going to get in a mudslinging contest... We're not going anywhere. We are here to stay." (Rob Baldus)
In on the Ground Floor
Three Flights Up Gallery, which recently ended its rental agreement with the Arts & Culture Alliance's Emporium Center, has left downtown. But the gallery's new space contributes to a growing density of art and performance spaces just north of downtown, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Broadway.
The gallery has just moved into an 2,900-square-foot building with two gallery spaces at 800 Tyson Street, a block from Ironwood Studios and just across Broadway from the Fluorescent Gallery on Central.
According to a press release, the space should be ready for the Sept. 5 First Friday gallery tour with a show featuring work by Bobbie Crews, Shirley Brown, and Carl Grombert. A second, smaller space is still available for a September show.
The space will also be available for rental as a performance or meeting room. (M.E.)