The Return of iknowkungfu


Look at your calendar right now. Go to next Wednesday – Feb 7th. If you have anything on it that night – cross it out. Then write in “Ash Street – best show I’ll see in 2007″
Got it? Ok. I’ll see you there.

See – first of all – iknowkungfu is playing in Portland again after a 4 year hiatus. Who is iknowkungfu you say? One of the best local bands Portland has ever seen, a band that always brought the crowd to its feet, pints raised high, singing along to every word – and a band that tragically no one from the Merc, Willy Week, or any other local rag ever bothered to even check out – so in those pre-MySpace days they never got the real audience they deserved.

And why is iknowkungfu playing again after all these years? Well, because Darkbuster is coming to town and asked them to. Who is Darkbuster you say? Darkbuster is the penultimate Boston punk band and they are making a big name for themselves. The last time they played Portland was back in October of 2005 at the Roseland the Dropkick Murphy’s and Gang Green. Now they are headed out on another national tour with the Swingin’ Utters….but are breaking away for a few days specifically to come up and play some Oregon and Washington shows. And for that they had to have iknowkungfu play with them. See….back around the turn of the century (that makes it sound so sophisticated doesn’t it) the two bands played a tiny little bar up in the ‘Couve – first they tore apart the stage…then they tore apart the bar….and over mass quantities of whiskey and beer…a friendship was forever formed.

The Misfats are also on this bill – being close friends of iknowkungfu (Foil=Bill) – when the ‘Fats headed to the East Coast this summer – the boys from Darkbuster took them under their drunken wing playing together to a full house in Providence’s ‘The Living Room.’

Top off the bill with special guests The Binge – and you have a night made in drunken punk rock heaven. And if you have any clue what drunken punk rock heaven is – you don’t care if it’s a Wednesday night….you’ll be there.

3 Comments so far

  1. Matt Howl (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    Randomly, I had lunch with Dave today, and we were talking about Bill being in both iknowkungfu and the Misfats. And I don’t even know Bill as I just recently met and played a little music with Dave! And then I see this post…totally random! My wife and I are going to see the show next Wednesday…should be amazing.

  2. Bill (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    Aww schucks, Jen. Thanks for the props! Needless to say, we’re super-stoked to play a show again. We’ve been practicing for about a month now, and it’s been an absolute joy to play those songs with those dudes again.

    As for the press (or lack of) that we got during our five year stint – oh, well. We did get *one* mention in WW – the entirety of the writeup was “Opening for (whatever band we were opening for that night) is iknowkungfu – a serviceable punk band from Vancouver, WA.” Then again, the hipsters at WW have never exactly bent over backwards to give the local punk community any real exposure. Oh, well. Waddya gonna do?

    Oh – and looking forward to meeting you, Matt!

  3. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

    And don’t you love that I found those old links with the great photos. Ha ha!

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