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South Shore punk band finding open doors

Dan Thomas

When you have a gig to play and a backbone of good, dirty punk rock, a name’s not really necessary.

At least that’s how Gary Estenson, Nate Sweet, Brett Lucia and Curt Murtha emerged from the ashes of a number of other bands, playing a show two days after the band formed, then another four over the next month before settling on a name.

“We started up a band in two days and played that weekend,” guitarist Sweet said. “We didn’t even have a real name. Everything was up in the air – we just wanted to keep playing music.”

The band, which has been together since July, stopped long enough to catch its breath and settle on a name – Anti-Panti. It would be hard to find enough time to settle on a name now.

“We’re kinda trying to take January off, but it keeps getting booked for us,” Sweet said.

Fresh off a show Friday, Anti-Panti’s calendar is full, with three on the South Shore before Jan. 1: 10 p.m. Dec. 22 at Whiskey Dick’s; at 10 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Tudor Pub; then back at Whiskey Dick’s for an 8 p.m. show New Year’s Eve.

“I’d say we split it up pretty good between Whiskey Dick’s and the Tudor Pub,” said bassist Estenson.

Both credited Whiskey Dick’s with giving South Shore punk bands a venue, and that in turn has been good for the network of bands in the area. Plus, all four members of Anti-Panti are survivors of no fewer than five groups: Sweet and Estenson both played in Squatters in Paradise, Estenson and Lucia in the Small Town Disappointments, Lucia in Armed and Hammered and Booze and Daggers, and Murtha in Idekay.

“It seems like there’s really good camaraderie of bands up here,” Sweet said.

Fellow South Shore bands Dark Silence and Idekay are also in the New Year’s Eve show, and Anti-Panti is joining Nation of Idiots and Drastic Actions, both good friends from Sacramento, Dec. 22, at Whiskey Dick’s.

‘There’s always at least one band that we’ve played with before, that we know from somewhere,” Estenson said.

That means doors are opening from Reno and Sacramento, where Anti-Panti will join Drastic Actions for the Punk Rock Holocaust on Dec. 28, and beyond, to the Bay Area and Chico, as well as locally. Sweet said he recently talked to one local venue that expressed an interest in opening for all-ages punk shows.

“We’re totally down for all-ages,” he said. “The kids are the biggest fans.”

Once Anti-Panti is off the road, there’s little rest, though: South Shore-based Red Records recorded Anti-Panti’s demo, which the band plans to expand into a full-length disc, due out in February.

Anti-Panti

* with Nation of Idiots, Drastic Actions and Bull Sessions, 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Whiskey Dick’s

* 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, Tudor Pub, with General Bastard, Law Abiding Citizens and Butterface

* with Dark Silence and Idekay, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Whiskey Dick’s

More information: http://www.myspace.com/antipantimusic


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