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November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM
If Portland is the Northwest’s crust-punk capital, consider Tragedy the mayors.
Unwashed and uncompromising, the group — which plays Seattle’s Highline Bar Saturday — has spent the last decade-plus decrying social, political and environmental ills to a backdrop of militaristic rhythms and supremely dirty guitars.
Though the sun never shines in Tragedy’s Rose City, seasonal gloom has never affected the band’s work ethic. (more…)
November 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Obits guitarist Sohrab Habibion would like to be clear.
“We are not a garage-rock band. That substance-free party music is fake youth culture sponsored by corporations. Eventually Scion will move onto something else, and Pabst Blue Ribbon will find a different youth group to exploit.”
Lest fans of the lo-fi punk subgenre du jour take offense, understand the men of Obits, who headline Neumos Friday, have been in the game long enough to recognize a fad. (more…)
November 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM
What’s in a name? For Detroit’s Death, everything.
In the early 1970s, singer-guitarist David Hackney and his brothers, bassist Bobby and drummer Dannis, took cues from their rock’n’roll heroes Jimi Hendrix and The Who, but played with fury and speed unheard of at the time — punk, before it existed.
For a trio of African-American kids performing music this loud and fast in the heart of Motown, opportunities didn’t come easy — in any part of town.
“We played some all-black cabarets, but that didn’t work out too well,” Bobby remembers. “We were looked upon as being weird — both by our community, and the rock’n’roll white community — so it was precarious to get a gig in those days.”
Undeterred, the brothers continued sharpening their sound, and labels soon came calling. But there was another problem.
October 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM
In an era of pseudo-genres like crabcore, witch house and soft grunge — soft grunge? — it’s refreshing to hear a band as straight-ahead, as indisputably punk as Vancouver’s White Lung, who headline Seattle’s Barboza club Friday.
For frontwoman Mish Way — freelance writer, full-time screamer — it’s all in a day’s work. (more…)
October 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Between their editor-taunting name, sprawling songs and gruff, hulking frontman, Damien Abraham, Toronto’s F—ed Up seem unlikely candidates for commercial success.
Yet in 2011, the co-ed sextet, which plays El Corazon Thursday, scored a left-field chart hit (No. 83 on the Billboard 200) with “David Comes to Life,” a four-sided concept album described as a misfit love story set amidst the political turmoil of early-1980s industrial Britain. (more…)
September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Savages has an axe to grind with the information age.
“THE WORLD USED TO BE SILENT,” begins the caps-lock manifesto printed on the jacket of “Silence Yourself,” the Londoners’ recent debut LP. “NOW IT HAS TOO MANY VOICES, AND THE NOISE IS A CONSTANT DISTRACTION.”
On “Silence,” the all-female foursome sounds anything but preoccupied, channeling its societal frustrations into 11 exhilarating post-punk bangers. Though it’s not difficult to imagine Savages sharing bills with Joy Division and Public Image Ltd circa 1978, the band instills its old-school sensibilities with flashes of modernity. (more…)
August 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM
Does Destruction Unit hail from Arizona? Yes.
Do they bring the heat? Most definitely.
Thursday at Barboza, the psych-punk quintet shows off its triple-guitar attack, supporting “Deep Trip” — an eight-song whirlwind of blown-out noise, garage-rock bluster and unhinged hardcore ferocity. (Check out lead track “The World on Drugs” here.)
Opening the show are locals Dreamdecay, whose latest, “N V N V N V” (listen), occupies similar sonic ground, yet is slower and more methodical — though no less destructive — in its approach.
Followers of the new-school punk underground can testify to both bands’ on-the-rise statuses, and the dimly-lit environs of the subterranean, Neumos-adjacent club are a perfect fit for music that drags listeners under with such relentlessness.Destruction Unit, Dreamdecay, Lindseys
8 p.m. Thursday at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9467 or www.thebarboza.com/).
August 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM
When 1990s indie-rockers Sebadoh announced their return from a 14-year hiatus — complete with a new LP, the upcoming “Defend Yourself” — the New England trio’s small but dedicated fanbase rejoiced.
Saturday night at Seattle’s Barboza club, however, singer-songwriters Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein and drummer Bob D’Amico appeared to still be re-acclimating to life on the road. (more…)
July 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Throughout the 1990s, East Coast lo-fi firebrands Sebadoh proved formidable rock ’n’ roll could be made with just a couple guitars, good friends, great ideas and a working four-track.
Singer-guitarist Lou Barlow and songwriting foil Jason Loewenstein were never household names — most who’ve heard of Barlow know him as the bassist for punk-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. — yet Seattle always reserved a special place for Sebadoh. (more…)
May 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM
On its smashing debut LP “Ideal Cities,” out Tuesday, Baltimore’s Roomrunner has its way with the ghost of grunge, losing the gloom and machismo while keeping the headbanging riffs, adding triumphant pop hooks, and audibly having a blast. (more…)
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