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"Teenage Angst: Thrashin' at the Depot"
Klipsun magazine - 05/85
Article about one of former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing's first bands, Color Me Gone
By Don Yates.
Everyone is now waiting for the last band to play, Color Me Gone.
Color Me Gone is another of the newer Anacortes bands, and one of
the youngest. Color Me Gone evolved from another Anacortes band,
Malcontent. Mark Madenwald, Tami's 15-year-old brother and lead
guitarist for Color Me Gone and Malcontent, explained, "We
never got along. There were always arguments during practice." Stan Bennett,
16, and lead singer for Color Me Gone and Malcontent, added,
"We kicked the old drummer out and got Chad about three months ago."
The group's enigmatic name was lifted from the wall of Ballard's Graffiti Room. Color Me Gone was inspired by another Anacortes band. "Public Service was the reason I was getting into it," Madenwald acknowledged. Public Service was the first Anacortes punk band to surface after Spoiled, and they owe a lot of their precursors' music: many of their early songs were covers of Spoiled tunes. One of the more-idealistic bands, Public Service jumped on the Ethiopia benifit band wagon by staging a December fundraiser that packed the Depot. But the show didn't make any money - a brick was tossed through a window, and the money raised for Ethiopia instead went to pay for the broken window.
The young musicians of Color Me Gone are as dedicated to their
music as the older Anacortes bands. "I'm not doin' it for fame and fortune
- I'm doin' it because I like it, " Madenwald said. Cassidy agreed: "All
I want to do is play music and live."
It's now about 9:30 PM, and Color Me Gone takes the stage. Their
first-ever gig, no one quite knows what to expect.
The audience begins to dwindle. Heavy metal fans, aghast at a band so fast and tight, begin heckling the band: "Let's hear some Metallica!" "Ozzy!" A pint-sized metalhead grabs Bennett's mike and shows off his heavy metal eloquence: "I say you all suck my fuckin' penis!" Bennett takes it all in stride. He takes the mike back and Color Me Gone launches into another frenetic, trash tune with renewed anger. The bands looks discouraged with the audience response, but they keep up the furious pace. Only about 20 people are left when the band attacks its final song, a kiss-off to all the band's detractors, "I Hate You." After the song's 60 seconds of primal, vindictive trash, the show is over. The lights go on and the crowd slowly filters out of the Depot. Color Me Gone, The Few and The Larrys leave the Depot for some beers.
Note: I believe "Anacortes" is a city in the state of Washington, and
the 'Depot' is a venue there.