Local Hard Rockers Drifter Killer Caught Being Naughty

A few weeks back, your Lost Coast Outpost heard rumors of a momentous/tawdry band photo shoot that took place in Eureka’s Old Town. Details were fuzzy. The word was that local high-octane rockers Drifter Killer had convinced a bevy of suggestively dressed ladies to pose for some band promo shots or maybe an album cover or Jah knows what those boys will do with those images.

Well, LoCO got a hold of ‘em. And as much as it’s totally beneath our really, really respectable website-thingy to reproduce them, in the interest of documenting, uh, watershed moments in Humboldt County musical culture, here are the Drifter Killer scandal shots:

(Photos by Mark McKenna.)

See? Scandal! In related news, unless they’re run out of town Drifter Killer will be leading the party Saturday night in the Eureka Inn’s Palm Lounge with opening act the debuting Death Valley Troubadours. LoCO caught up with member of both bands Cliff Dallas (he’s the smug lookin’ hombre in the first picture) for a Facebook chat:

LoCO: What is the best way to convince classy Humboldt ladies to be a part of a debaucherous band photo shoot?

CD: Just ask nicely. Oh, and have alcohol. Really … a lot of alcohol. Not all for drinking. At the end of the shoot, I used a bottle of Vodka to sanitize a cut on Sherae O’Shaughnessy’s foot. Oh, and bring every anti-anxiety medication in western medicine’s arsenal.

LoCO: Drifter Killer describe themselves as “Trans Am psychedelic rock.” How many Trans Ams have you wrecked?

CD: That’s a tricky question. Much like the captain of a sinking ship, it is dishonorable to survive a Trans Am wreck. So, I’m going to have to answer “none.”

LoCO: You’re pulling double duty Saturday — your new band Death Valley Troubadours is opening the show. Which of your two bands are more likely to break something on stage?

CD: That’s a tie … Drifter Killer is more likely to break a guitar and a jaw, and The Death Valley Troubadours are more likely to break a few hearts.

LoCO: What is the best perk associated with rocking The Palm Lounge?

CD: This is our first time playing that sweet venue, so I guess just the knowledge that we haven’t been banned yet. That, and it’s an exciting new venue, and it provides just what Eureka has needed for years.

LoCO: Describe the attitude of the perfect audience member for a Drifter Killer show.

CD: Someone who loves rock n’ roll so much that they’re willing to dance like a cocaine-fueled Hell Hound in a meat locker. A willingness to cut loose and have a good time, and not be the least bit concerned with what others think. I guess the shortened answer to this question would be our friend “Mike Redd.”

Less rowdy Saturday options in your Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

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18th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival
Manila Community Center / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grab your shovels and your friends and spend the day frolicking at the beach and playing in the sand. Participation by all ages and skill levels, cash prizes awarded.
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IN’Tents: A Conservation Comedy for Kids
Dell’Arte / noon / $5 / $1 kids under 12
Pitch a tent with Park Ranger Patricia Pinky and her bumbling assistant Frumpsie, as they learn the ways of nature through soaring misadventures.
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2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner
Dell’Arte / 4 p.m. / $50
Honoring Jane Hill who, with her late husband Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, founded Dell’Arte in Berkeley in 1971. Night includes ceremony, dinner, drink, and performance of The Comedy of Errors.
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Wine Under the Stars
Eel River Brewery / 6 p.m. / $8 / $5 adv.
Wine, beer, food, music and democracy. All attendees will be given an optional form to score the available wines and vote for their favorites. The results will be tabulated and used to determine Eel River Brewing Company’s 2013-14 Wine List. Music by singer-songwriter Michael Dayvid.
725-2739 / Web site / View Comments

The Comedy of Errors
Dell’Arte / 8 p.m. / $18
Set in a place much like the Arcata Plaza, at an event much like the Farmers Market, Dell’Arte puts an original twist on Shakespeare’s outrageous farce.
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Drifter Killer
Eureka Inn / 9 p.m. / 21+
Volatile mixture of high energy rock ‘n’ roll injected with doses of psychedelic trips gone wrong. Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours open.
497-6093 / Web site / View Comments

Movies Under the Mural
Los Bagels Eureka / 9-11 p.m. / Free
Free, outdoor screening of The Goonies. BYO blankets and seating, and munch on some popcorn, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate served in the café.
822-3483 / brandon@losbagels.com / Web site / View Comments

18th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival
Manila Community Center / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grab your shovels and your friends and spend the day frolicking at the beach and playing in the sand. Participation by all ages and skill levels is encouraged, cash prizes will be awarded.
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Arcata Farmers’ Market
Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Local produce, meats flowers and more. Music at 10 a.m. (Click for music schedule.)
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Free Humboldt Bay Boat Tour
Humboldt Baykeeper / 9 a.m. / Free / Free Everyone
Humboldt Baykeeper invites you aboard a 25-foot Boston Whaler, for a free natural history tour of Humboldt Bay.
268-8897 / Web site / View Comments

Ferndale Farmers’ Market
Main Street, Ferndale / 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
On the corner of Shaw and Main streets. Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.
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Jefferson Summer Carnival
The Jefferson Project / noon-4 p.m. / Free
599-9548 / travis.clohessy@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Blue Lotus Jazz
Libation / 7-10 p.m. / Free
Jazz flights, anyone?
825-7596 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site / View Comments

Dr. Cheryl and Mr Jay
The Siren’s Song Tavern / 8 p.m.
442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay
RJ Grin’s Lounge / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+
445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com / View Comments

Hunter and the Dirty Jacks
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m. / 21+
Rootsy rock and blues band from Los Angeles.
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+
Local classic rock.
800-684-2464 / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $10 / 21+
San Francisco rock ‘n’ soul band.
826-2739 / Web site / View Comments

Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • FAST AND FURIOUS 6: 3:45
  • MAN OF STEEL 2D: 11:45, 2:45, 9:05
  • MAN OF STEEL 3D: 5:55
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D: 11:50, 12:40, 2:35, 5:20, 6:00, 8:00
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D: 3:20, 8:40
  • NOW YOU SEE ME: 11:55, 2:30, 5:15, 8:10
  • PURGE: 6:45
  • THE HEAT: 12:10, 1:15, 3:00, 4:05, 5:50, 6:55, 8:35, 9:40
  • THIS IS THE END: 1:35, 4:10, 6:35, 9:20
  • WHITE HOUSE DOWN: 12:05, 2:00, 3:10, 5:10, 6:10, 8:15, 9:15
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 12:00, 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
  • WORLD WAR Z 3D: 2:50, 5:40, 8:25
Garberville Theater
  • EPIC: 7:30
Mill Creek Cinema
  • MAN OF STEEL 2D: 11:55, 2:10, 5:20, 8:40
  • MAN OF STEEL 3D: 3:15
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D: 12:00, 12:55, 2:45, 5:30, 6:35, 8:10
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D: 3:05, 8:30
  • NOW YOU SEE ME: 1:25, 6:45
  • THE HEAT: 12:30, 3:20, 6:05, 8:50, 9:30
  • THIS IS THE END: 4:10, 9:25
  • WHITE HOUSE DOWN: 11:50, 2:55, 5:55, 6:30, 9:00
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 3:40, 9:15
  • WORLD WAR Z 3D: 12:10, 5:45
Minor Theatre
  • MAN OF STEEL 2D: 2:10, 5:25, 8:40
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30
  • WORLD WAR Z 2D: 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30