The Handshake Conversation with Jeremy Lemos and Kris Poulin
Edited by Dan Duffy
KP: Somewhere I have some really great pictures of Trenchmouth that I took at Czar Bar. I also have a VHS tape of Trenchmouth at the Turners Club in Elgin. At the end of it, Fred (Armisen, the Trenchmouth drummer and current Saturday Night Live cast member) does a little bit of standup. Foreshadowing the future.
KP: This was an old VHS camera that was, you know, like a foot-and-a-half long. I stood in the back and taped the show, and then afterwards I just went up and started talking to ‘em. They were my favorite band back then. I saw ‘em many, many times. And Fred Armisen saw the camera and went off on this improv thing, which at the time I just thought was rocker-dude-being-funny. But now…he obviously has a skill for it.
JL: What do you think were the best bands of that era?
KP: Which era? Late ‘80s? Early ‘90s?
JL: Well, I’m too young for late ‘80s, but I’m thinking of that Trenchmouth era. Early ‘90s.
KP: Trenchmouth, Scissor Girls…
JL: Trenchmouth, Jacks, Scissor Girls…
KP: Jacks. Yes. What’s that band from Baltimore? Candy Machine.
JL: I never saw Candy Machine.
KP: They were one of the best shows I saw, and the ticket price was two dollars. Trenchmouth, Candy Machine, and Scissor Girls at a place called the Hub Theater. It was an old movie theater, and someone broke into the projection room and was showing movie trailers before each band. That inspired the dudes from Trenchmouth to go out and buy all white clothing, and then show movies on top of themselves while they played. They became the screen.
JL: That sounds killer.
KP: Yeah. And it was two bucks. In 1992.
The Hub Theater / Photograph by Dan Duffy