On March 30, Zoo City Apparel, on 139 E. Main St., hosts a farewell blowout pop-shot super show! Featuring the crushingly soothing beauty of Seattle’s Helms Alee, Missoula’s own hairy wunderkinds Total Combined Weight and a buncha other bands, all as a fundraiser for our own massive awesomeness that is TotalFest, Thee Premier Musica Festivus of Missoula, Montana. I can’t think of a better way for Zoo City Apparel to go out than like this, unless you’re Thelma and Louise of course.
Zoo City Apparel was a spacious, vibrant clothing shop and all-ages venue, situa-located right in the middle tum-tum of a rapidly changing downtown Missoula. So many good shows were played and experienced there, man, and it was super dooper. The founders shut down the shop on March 1 to concentrate on continuing the 406 clothing line.
In a short time, Zoo City garnered enough word-of-mouth and popularity to showcase many amazing and legendary musicians, like Mike Watt of the Minutemen, and been privy to our proud town’s little scene of weirdo rock misfits. Its success as a venue, I most heartily believe, was thanks to the relaxed nature of its finely distinguished founders and the passionate promoters and showgoers. It epitomized that wonderful do-it-yourself ethic that all the cool kids are into nowadays and was a safe place for the peeps who love music but do not necessarily enjoy the drunken bar scene so prevalent in a college town.
I anticipate the farewell show to be one awesome and notable endeavor with a crowd to match. Helms Alee have always created and maintained an audience of converts to its pummeling, loud-as-shit, Pacific Northwest Super Rock, and if that ain't your cup of tea (you loser) there is variety to the night. Indianapolis’ Vacation Club will be providing that poppy lo-fi garagey stuff that seems to have become all the rage lately: It’s catchy, it’s fun, yeah. Crys, which is even more lo-fi, will probably make a statement, too, with their reverb drenched, driving little post-punk style ditties. So something for everyone and a fitting end to the “—ness” that was Zoo City Apparel.
-Tim Arrowtop plays in bands including Birds Mile Home and Buddy Jackson.