Posts Tagged ‘the Factory’

Acetate Records Owner Rick Ballard on the Life and Death of Vance Bockis

After the sudden death of D.C. rocker Vance Bockis was reported earlier this week, I contacted Rick Ballard, who grew up around D.C. and now runs the L.A. label Acetate Records, about writing a remembrance. Here's what Ballard sent back:
When I last spoke to Vance Bockis a few short weeks ago he had an infectious [...]

Vance Bockis, D.C. Punk Rocker, Dies at Age 50

D.C. punk rocker Vance Bockis, member of local punk and metal bands The Obsessed, The Factory, 9353, and Pentagram, died Saturday at age 50, reports WTOP.
Bockis spoke openly about his previous heroin addiction in Shift, a 2010 biography directed by Falls Church, Va., filmmaker Steven Biver. "I should be dead or I should be in prison," [...]

The Night the Slickee Boys Taught Me a Thing or Two

The short version of this piece is:  Go see the Slickee Boys and The Factory reunite this weekend. If D.C.'s musical history matters to you, they'll put some things in perspective.
The long version is this: The first and only show I saw at the old 9:30 Club was the second-to-last one ever held there (I [...]

Arts Roundup: A Somewhat Nostalgic Edition

Rise and shine, D.C. Wake up to the sight of your housemate's visiting family screwing around with your coffee maker and prepare yourself for another 90-degree-plus day. With this summer's brutal heat not relenting any time soon, are you looking forward to tonight's premier of Season 2 of "Jersey Shore" as much as WaPo's Hank [...]

Download: The Factory’s “Misfortunate Son”

So. Earlier this week I collected some news about forthcoming releases from the Dance Party—the synthy D.C. party-rock  band whose name says it all—and the Factory, a late-'80s/early-'90s D.C. whose singer, Vance Bockis, was a veteran of the city's rock scene. I snarked about both (but also self-deprecated!). This upset people.
Rick Ballard of Acetate Records, [...]

D.C. Party-Rock Digest No.1: The Dance Party and the Factory

An occasional feature that, God willing, will never appear in this space again
The last time we checked in with the Dance Party—that would be the time the dudes behind Fan Death Records called it a "garbage band"—the sweatband-loving D.C. synthpop group was in L.A. recording its major-label debut. Now via the band's publicist, we learn [...]