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A band called Badd Fish

In Burque, rock bands come and go. Some start out as basement projects and bloom into national headliners. Others rise up from the night only to fade at dawn like a summertime cactus flower.

Though it's generally difficult to tell what path this or that rockin' musical outfit will take as they proceed through rehearsals and toward performance, it's easy enough to listen. Through that experience one might discern qualities that qualify a particular rocanrol ensemble for admission to the next level.

Such is the case with Badd Fish, a band I chanced upon while visiting friends and walking through the hood.

Badd Fish is a quartet, young and old, featuring veteran Albuquerque guitarist Mark LaCava, singer Gil Garcia and a rhythm section consisting of Vic Maese and his son (also named Vic).

They're puro Burque and wear their affiliation with this town and its music scene proudly upon their sleeves and in their hearts.

Vocalist Garcia has been playing around town for at least twenty years, fronting projects Jazz One, Latin Passion and the System. He brings a blue and bold tone to LaCava's intensely intricate picking style. LaCava worked the rounds about town as a formidable singer-songwriter who also lent his talent to Spellbinder, a long lost jam band popular at joints like Sonny's back in the day.

Little Vic Maese, a technically savvy drummer, learned the ropes from his father, who plays bass. A native of El Paso, the elder Maese played bass in a West Texas metal formation known as Lethal Tricks. After coming up north, Vic the bassman was part of Good Green among many other locally popular acts.

Badd Fish is a new band, yet their passion and history reflect an expansive staying power that augments their down-to-earth attitudes and supplements their ability to rock out, grandly and formidably in our present-day music scene.

As a combo, they're tight like sprung steel, melodic like a summer evening on the bosque and as solid as the Sandia mountains. It's garage rock in a grand sense.

After months of rehearsal, Badd Fish will play out this weekend, in a series of concerts destined to demonstrate the goodness and grace of a music community loaded with homegrown talent.

Friday night, August 21, they gig at Sidelines Sports Bar and Grille (9211 Coors NW) from 8-12 pm. Badd Fish follows up their premiere engagement with a set at Neds (2509 San Mateo NE). They'll jam on the afternoon of Saturday August 22, from 3-6 pm before pulling out all the stops at their show at the Barley Room (5200 Eubank NE) that night from 8-12 pm.

Listen: I hear and see a heap of local bands as part of the job I love. Some of those bands are good, are okay. But Badd Fish is badass, yo. If you cherish the local scene as much as I do, then do yourself a solid and check these guys out. I really believe Badd Fish is at the beginning of a journey that will see them reach great heights while providing local audiences with a sound that is groovy, groovy fun filled with acute musicianship and knowing nuance.

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On Tuesday August 18th, a healthy crowd showed up to the Modest Mouse concert at one of Albuquerque's few outdoor concert venues, Villa Hispana, on the grounds of Expo New Mexico. It took several minutes to reach the front of the line to be searched and check in as press —and if there's one thing I've learned from attending shows as a sixteen year old music intern from Weekly Alibi it's that none of the security guards take me seriously and they never seem to have the guest list. After trekking around searching for the will call office and finally obtaining the tickets, my plus one and I entered the venue.

Villa Hispana was a surprisingly swank place with a bar and a snack stand (with the usual long lines), three grass seating areas and two sets of metal bleachers. In the center lies a large open pit for audience members that wanted a closer look at Mouse front-man Issac Brock while getting beer spilled on them.

At first not many people were in the pit, with most of the audience sitting on the lawn, taking advantage of the snack stand and cheap beer. This serenity only lasted about twenty minutes before the audience heard the strum of a guitar and started jumping to their feet and running toward the pit. As I made my way through the crowd trying to get a better view, I noticed that this was an unusually polite group of concert-goers. Audience members politely shifted to the side to let me past as I made my way up front. This was something I had never experienced before —no grouchy body language or evil looks from this crowd of rock and rollers.

The band started off with a couple of their newer songs and the audience swayed to the beat and mouthed lyrics but the third song, Ocean Breathes Salty, really amped up the audience and the entire crowd began yelling the lyrics, a group of teens started a little mosh pit (which most of the older crowd was not a fan of) and everyone really started to have a good time.

When the audience heard the intro to Float On Begin things really got crazy. People were jumping to the beat, kissing each other, singing as loud as they could—there were even some tears—and nearly all of the phones in the audience popped up to take Snap-chat videos.

It seems the whole audience really enjoyed this concert and everyone had a great time; I can definitely say that I enjoyed the show immensely. I hope I catch these humble rodents live again.

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