with JOHN KENGLA
The Cleveland-born JP Olsen fronted the Beetkeepers while living in Columbus, who released one album in 1998 before Olsen left Ohio for New York in 1990. In the subsequent years, he worked as a book editor and as an investigative reporter while still making music, usually under the guise of Burn Barrel, a band that took on a couple variations, most famously comprised of Columbus’ Haynes Boys. More recently, he co-authored a book, The Narcotic Farm, and co-produced a documentary film of the same name. As far as music goes, Olsen had been using the moniker The Malefactors Of Great Wealth, under which he released an EP, Today Is The Best Day Of My Life, on the Old 3C label, before recruiting members of the Madison Square Gardeners, a band of mostly Ohio ex-pats, as his band. They released a split 7-inch earlier this year with the Black Swans on which each group did different songs by the same name, “You’ll Never See My Face In Kansas City.” However, after solidifying a new line-up comprised of the Black Swans’ Tyler Evans and the Gardeners’ Rob Heath, Olsen has shortened the name to Malefactor USA.
Wednesday, July 31st at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.