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B. Hamilton & Small Crimes
March 12 @ 9:00 pm$5
Starline Social Club Presents:
B. Hamilton & Small Crimes in the Crystal Cavern
$5 Advance/ $8 Day of Show
“Do yourself a favor and friend Ryan Christopher Parks on Facebook. Because he really does embody the term “Internet performance artist.” Case in point: His typography. Parks didn’t invent the all-caps style, but he uses it much more effectively than the average message board troll. Also, he’s ornery (e.g., “THE ONLY STRIKE GOING DOWN IN HAYWARD IS ME PUNCHING MY DICK. FUCK MY STUPID LIFE SO GOD DAMN MUCH.”). And unexpectedly poetic (e.g., “ALSO, FUCK THE COLOR BLUE.”). And strangely divorced from the Ryan Christopher Parks who fronts the seemingly ego-less indie rock band B. Hamilton, which launched about two years ago and deserves much more renown than it currently enjoys. The group just released its debut album, Everything I Own Is Broken, on Soundcloud. It’s positively stunning.
But you’d never know that by talking to the band members. Parks, bassist Andrew Macy, and drummer Bill Crowley met through mutual friends in the band world, and apparently hit it off — partly because they’re all a little to the left of the rock-star stereotype. Crowley has a Mohawk and a veiny blue line tattooed along his right forearm; he used to organize social movements back in New England. Macy, who does Internet seminars for a living, looks like a softer version of Robert Plant — meaning he has the Goldilocks hair without the boner pants. When he’s not playing in rock bands, he writes poetry. Parks, who is tall and broad-shouldered and wears glasses, tries as hard as possible to live an ALL-CAPS existence — meaning he speaks in a loud bellow, towers over other people in a room, and enjoys heckling. He also likes imitating other people’s vocal intonation, to the point that he’s often accused of mocking them. In Parks’ estimation, that’s what makes him a good vocalist.” – East Bay Express