CONFIRMED! 3.21 at The Gold Bar
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BURNT ONES (SF noisey garage pop on Burger/ Castleface Records)
RAW MCCARTNEY (psych punk from Indianapolis)
GOLDEN GURLS (bmore pop)
Doors & pre-show hhr @ 9
Bands @ 10
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PROTOMARTYR (Detroit post punk on Hardly Art Records)
SPRAY PAINT (Austin no wave)
BIG CHRIST (Bmore punk)
Show at 10PM
2-4-1 DRINKS ALL NIGHT!!!!
In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters, playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter.
There’s a temptation to call it garage rock, but that doesn’t quite fit. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn’t the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges’ greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is “stuck between the cracks.” If that’s the case, though, they aren’t alone. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. In other words, to “fuck around a little bit more.”
This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right. Where 2012’s No Passion All Technique favored comparatively straightforward punk structures, Under Color takes a more exploratory approach.
Recorded in a single weekend with Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (Wolf Eyes, Cass McCombs, Lower Dens, Six Organs of Admittance) at Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, the album straddles studio professionalism and punk impulse. Shades of the band’s less obvious pop and R&B influences can be glimpsed in the sinuous grooves of songs like “Maidenhead” or “Violent.” Elsewhere, “Tarpeian Rock” places punk vitriol against a minimalist backing and “Scum, Rise!” casts shadows with guitars that alternately chime and clang.
CONFIRMED! 3/7 at The Gold Bar
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RUBY BUFF (Philly powerpop)
PLURALS (Baltimore weird pop)
BIG CHRIST (Baltimore punk)
GLUE BOYS (Philly garage punk)
Doors and pre show HHR at 9
Show at 10
Dinged Up have been added to the Creepoid, Crimson Wave, Amanda X show on 2.22!!
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NOTHING (A389/ Relapse Records, Philadelphia heavy shoegaze)
+ guests, TBA
8pm/ 2-4-1 drinks all night!
$8 adv./ $10 dos
advance tickets coming soon
via The Fader
streaming on Pitchfork:
Pictures of the Gold Bar opening party by Josh Sisk, taken from the City Paper website!
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CREEPOID (No Idea Records, Philly lo-fi noise rock)
CRIMSON WAVE (Baltimore dream pop)
AMANDA X (Philly post punk)
Doors & pre show happy hour at 8
Show starts at 9
TONIGHTS SHOW IS IN THE CITY PAPER, CLICK THE FLYER!!!
Our 2/8 show with Nobunny, The Hussy and Plurals will now be at Gold Bar
The original Gold Bar show with Idle Gossip, Lexington Arrows & The Set Up will be in the Crown
2 shows in 1 building! $12 gets you into both
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