Aftermath: Greg Ginn & the Taylor Texas Corrugators and Jambang at Last Concert Cafe
After almost a decade as the captain of hardcore mavericks Black Flag, Ginn embarked on a career as an improvised musician. During his tenure with legendary band, singer Henry Rollins complained that because of Ginn's erratic musical departures on every new release, fans never knew what to expect and thus became tired of change. If that tale is true, then Ginn has never stopped changing, because his recent work is almost as far away as you can get from "TV Party."
Last Concert Café is an out-of-the-ordinary venue for a punk pioneer to play, with its predominantly hippie-esque clientele and a man selling Rasta beads in the corner. The place has bitchin' enchiladas as we, and that new notch on our belt, can attest to. Black Flag fans of yore trickled in and out grabbing beers before heading to a back patio where Ginn and his band were setting up. At one point, the sound guy asked Ginn how much power he wants going to his bass amps, to which Ginn simply replied, "As much as possible." And all the fans in the scattered crowd said "Amen"
Ginn played two sets Tuesday, the first as the jazz-swinging Taylor Texas Corrugators and then as the robotic Jambang. Both bands put out their releases on SST, Ginn's own indie label he has ran since before even the BF days. Corrugators/Jambang mandolin player Bobby Bancalari said when Ginn moved out to Taylor in 2002, he bought an old car dealership and turned it into the SST headquarters. So the next time you order an old BF or Husker Du LP, it's coming from a few miles outside Austin.
Aftermath was amazed that we had never heard a mandolin sound so mournful and metallic. (Before he joined up with Ginn, the classically trained Bancalari had never listened to Black Flag.)
If anything piqueed the interest of the erstwhile punks in the crowd, Jambang will be it. Ginn finally signed the back patch of the aging punker we spoke to previously. Ginn's signature is simple enough, but he signs all of the BF stuff that comes his way with his name and the iconic "Four Bars" logo that adorned all that band's artwork and countless tattoos on its fans.