R.I.P. Glenn Danzig’s House
Glenn Danzig’s House was a notable house show venue in Nashville’s recent past. It supported a lot of the local bands that are still thriving today. Here’s a brief interview with Evan Bird and Mike Boyle from Diarrhea Planet talking about the now-defunct house.
Evan: What’s the Street there? Allison and Southgate?
Mike: Allison and Southgate.
Evan: Yeah. Site of the former Glen Danzig’s house, Nashville’s premier house show venue, run by Ben Todd and Cy Barkley.
Mike: Uh huh.
Evan: No longer there.
Lee from OF: You guys play there?
Evan: Yeah we got a lot of our early start there. Those guys went to bat for us a lot harder than I would’ve if I had been in their shoes. I dunno. Believed in us from day one.
Lee from OF: Is that the best house venue you’ve ever played?
Evan: I’d say so.
Mike: Just a lot of people in Nashville appreciate that spot, I guess.
Evan: That was kind of the heart of the house show scene at that time.
Mike: A lot of people that are still doing stuff in town now met each other there.
Lee from OF: What’s filling the void now?
Evan: Nothing really has yet. There’s been a lot of people that have carried the torch house-show wise but it’s never quite been as, I don’t know, it’s never seemed quite as effortless as when there were house shows happening there. Biggest problem in my life when I think of that time was just getting there on time. You know what I mean?
Mike: (Laughs). Or being aware that you had a show that night.
Evan: It’s kind of the epitome of I’m young, I’m invincible, I’m in college.
Evan: That period in DP, the biggest problem I could have ever fathomed was, like, I hope there’s enough strings on my guitar. There’s something so, I don’t know, innocent about that. About those memories for me.
Lee from OF: When was the golden age?
Evan: Golden age for DP? Came and went. 2010. We’re on the slide.
Lee from OF: No, no, no. Glenn Danzig’s house.
Evan: Uh. Golden age. Shoot.
Lee from OF: Was there like one year or two where it was peak Glenn Danzig?
Evan: 2010 to…
Mike: It was like one year, right?
Evan: Had to have been longer than a year.
Mike: I don’t know.
Evan: 2010 to 2012?
Mike: I was talking to Cam about it. Seems like there were shows there every night. They did one show a month.
Evan: Yeah. I feel like I was there every night.
Southgate Ave & Allison Pl
Here’s a video that Tim Harringtone made for Vice featuring Glenn Danzig’s house in full bloom:
Contribution from Evan Bird and Mike Boyle – Evan and Mike are member’s of Nashville’s own Diarrhea Planet. Find out where they’re playing next and check out there music at facebook.com/DiarrheaPlanet/.