I'm reaching the age my parents were when it first occurred to me they were old. I don't feel old at all (and neither did they, I've since been told). What has helped maintain my yen for youth has been a recent surge in musical retrospective. Bands that I thought had gone the way of the IBM Selectric are back out (or still out) on the road. Enter the Vibrators.
In 1976, vocalist/guitarist Ian "Knox" Carnochan, drummer Eddie, bassist Pat Collier and guitarist John Ellis formed the Vibrators. Since their first gig opening for the Stranglers, they've spent the last 30 years touring with and opening for other rock/punk luminaries such as the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, GBH, UK Subs and many more. The Vibrators' music embodied the anger associated with punk but tempered it with a sense of class. Even though the band has experienced numerous lineup changes (I lost count at 10), the pull of the Vibrators' signature sound of bluesy, R&B-laced punk was strong enough to bring Carnochan and Eddie back.
With more albums out than even I am years old, the Vibrators have carved a place for themselves in music history and will continue to do so with this tour. They've embraced the current youth culture--they have a myspace.com site--who in turn has embraced them, and hopefully there will be as many youngsters at the show as there are oldsters.
Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Dreadful Children and A Thousand Effigies, $10, Grove Street, 1576 Grove St.
You can download "Stranded" at www.myspace.com/thevibrators.