In Defence's backstory is one for the history books. As the legend goes, the Twin Cities hardcore group was set to play its CD-release show at Nate's Dungeon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Cops infiltrated the crowd at the house show and began shutting it down a few songs into the performance. A member of the crowd then came to the band's aid, announcing that In Defence could play at his place of work: a local Taco John's restaurant. Though better known for its Potato Oles and its commercials featuring Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, on that night Taco John's became a makeshift punk venue. The band's spontaneous nature was on display again when In Defence played a shortened set at Eclipse Records earlier this year while wearing Friday the 13th-style hockey masks (before being attacked by zombies who stormed the stage). Who knows what will happen this time around, but it wouldn't be a stretch to expect something memorable from this self-proclaimed "taco punk" band. With Suburban Smash, Sinks, Bring That Shit, and Amort. All ages.
Wed., July 29, 6 p.m., 2009