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August 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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Photos and analysis: Truckasauras 'Street Truck'

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Photos by me

Street Truck

Seattle's Truckasauras staged a guerilla performance at the corner of Pike Street and 11th Avenue last weekend in Capitol Hill. They did the same thing in 2008 — video here — and people started breakdancing on the sidewalk. Both shows were awesome. Tyler Swan is a very exciting drummer. Breakbeats and crying synthesizers sound good in the open air — they just do. It's an intriguing combination.

The more recent show was far louder, with a gas generator jumping around in the bed of a nearby pickup truck. It powered big amplifiers on hand trucks, lashed with bungees. Everyone kept scanning the streets for the cops, thinking they would break up the situation. But they were busy dealing with drunken people in front of Unicorn and the Comet, bars bookending the concert. The show went on for about a half hour. No problem. Beats banged. The Game Boy bleeped. About 70 people showed up and had a good time. And then it was over.

Trucks behind the Truck:

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Pickup truck, hand truck
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