If you closed your eyes to envision a popularized image of punk rock, you likely wouldn’t conjure up an image of bassist Mike Watt.
The former flannel-clad Minutemen architect has never rocked florescent liberty spikes or a Ramones-issued leather jacket to fit some genre caricature. But his career, message and live mayhem are genuine articles of the art’s ethos—and his delivery is still relevant more than three decades after he first took the stage.
Part of that is out of reverence for his Minutemen material, with its pace and flexibility outside of punk’s historical three-chord restrictions continuing to inspire musicians of all predilections. More is out of respect for Watt’s adherence to the gritty, DIY work model throughout a creative stretch that’s seen him join forces with names like Iggy Pop and Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis, as well as release iconic solo efforts like 1995’s “Ball-Hog or Tugboat.”
A live performance supporting that effort was released last fall, and not just because of its raw brilliance. Backed by a celebrity band of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters’ Pat Smear and Dave Grohl—on his first tour after the end of Nirvana—the ensemble was a testament the respect Watt garnered then, and continues to elicit with every bassline.
Info: Mike Watt + the Jom & Terry Show performs at 8 p.m. May 8 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show (After Dark Entertainment, Record Theater, Ticketfly).