Credit: Rūta Smith

Last year, lock punk rock trio Blue Ricky was set to record with Joe Queer in Atlanta, but 2020 had other plans. So the group ended up outfitting a home studio, and guitarist Ben Somewhere, drummer Roger Mindwater and bassist Scott Brawner laid down the live recordings that later became the LP Aversion Therapy

“We did a lot of things underground,” Somewhere said of the band’s 2020 adventures — like a live album at Charleston’s Return to Zero Studios. 

After a small break, Blue Ricky is returning Sept. 6 to its old stomping grounds, Tin Roof, to play with iconic punk band, The Queers. 

“I’ve been going to see shows at the Tin Roof for over a decade,” Somewhere said. “It’s a return home.” 

Somewhere and Mindwater first bonded over their shared love for Memphis trash rocker Jay Reatard at an open mic night almost three years ago. After they started working together, it was only a matter of time before Brawner joined and the group graduated from punk covers to writing originals. 

“We draw off the classic punk sound of the Ramones,” he said. “And The Queers are a huge influence. I started listening to them when I was 14 years old.”

Soda City Riot, anthemic punk from Columbia, and Don’t Panic, power pop punk from Pennsylvania, will also share the bill at Tin Roof. 

“To end the summer this way is going to be awesome.”

$15 tickets for the 8 p.m. show are available through City Paper Tickets.

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