A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
One of Portland’s most prolific party-throwers is throwing a party for himself.
Paul Simisky, who turned 38 yesterday, is hosting a birthday bash tonight at Geno’s featuring locals The Skummymen, Bostonians NoToX, Bangorians USA Waste, and Massholes The Grubs, who open the show at 9:45 p.m.
All of the bands adhere to “old-school, hardcore-punk style” and “most are veterans of the northern New England music scene,” Simisky said.
NoToX is a veteran of Boston’s most venerable punk venue. The band is a reformed version of Toxic Narcotic, “one of the great Rathskellar hardcore bands,” Simisky said.
Simisky will also take the stage as “Skrappy” The Skummymen’s vocalist/bassist. The band — a side project of Skummy Bob (founder of Portland punk institution Big Meat Hammer) — is a “mix of rock and cow punk … influenced by GG Allin” and other “classic scum rock bands,” Simisky said.
Simisky is a huge supporter of the music scene in Portland — as a musician and a promoter. In 2014, Simisky organized about 30 shows and played about 60 in his surf-rock band Thee Icepicks. He said he draws inspiration from fellow show promoter/musician Robin Kangol Fila (née Goodhue).
“I do it because, as my good friend Robin says, you make your town the music scene you want it to be.”
6 bucks. 625 Congress St.
The Grubs: 9:45 – 10:20
USA Waste: 10:20 – 11:10
NOTOX: 11:10 – 12:10
The Skummymen: 12:10