Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE GOOCH PALMS PLAY AUSTRALIAN R'N'R


SATURDAY, JUNE 27
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

THE GOOCH PALMS (Australia)
Once upon a time in a land far away a Frankenstein’s monster of a baby was created. Equal parts GG Allin, Iggy Pop, Roy Orbison and Olivia Newton John (circa Let’s Get Physical era); this baby was an unusual child that would be raised all the way across the oceans in the suburbs of Newcastle, Australia by two very normal parents. Their normality however, could not stifle the ever-growing demon inside the boy that at age 14 would be unleashed on an unsuspecting Novocastrian audience. This boy is Leroy Macqueen; singer, guitarist and one half of notorious garage-punk duo The Gooch Palms. His partner in this story is Kat Friend, a fellow Novo that as a young girl, always dreamed of meeting her demented prince charming and starting a band with him. And sometimes, dreams really do come true. Not so long ago she picked up a couple of drum sticks, got herself two drums and has not looked back since. In the very short while it has taken Kat to become a bona fide shit-pop goddess, she has also become an absolute pro at providing the much needed yin to Leroy’s schizophrenic yang, keeping it cool as a cucumber while oozing her very own brand of badass-femme-sass. Together these two are an unstoppable force that have been turning heads and boners everywhere they go. They play catchy-as-hell pop music for the underdogs of this world, singing songs about bogan life in a small industrial town on an isolated continent in a far away hemisphere. Not to mention a lot of songs about outer-space. The Gooch Palms debut album Novo’s delves into the reality of what life in Newcastle is like for these two misfits and the good, the bad and the boredom that comes with it. Released through Anti Fade Records Novo’s quickly sold out of the first pressing with pressing number two available RIGHT NOW! For almost 4 years Australia’s favourite punk sweethearts have been melting faces with their high energy, take no prisoners, balls out, drool-inducing live shows. They make a lot of noise for a minimal two piece but what they lack in instrumentation they make up for in stage presence and songs that you’ll be humming, whether you want to or not, for days, months or maybe even years after the show is over. During their existence they have shared the stage with some amazing international acts such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thee Oh Sees, 5,6,7,8’s, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & The Clams, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Tyvek plus many more and have played some of Australia’s biggest festivals including Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo, Sydney Festival and Mona Foma to name only a few. But after getting itchy feet in Australia, the pair decided to expand their horizons and crossed the big ol’ Pacific to bring unsuspecting audiences in the USA the salty sweet taste of the gooch. They picked up a rental car which was kindly upgraded, practiced driving on the opposite side of the road and embarked on an extensive nation-wide tour of America ending at the legendary Gonerfest in Memphis, where Leroy expertly demonstrated his down-under snake handling and bushman climbing skills. These guys aren’t done with America just yet though, in fact the love affair has only just begun. The Gooch Palms are set to release a new 7” single through Detroit label Urinal Cake Records within the coming months and will be back in early 2015 for round two! So keep your eyes, ears and foreskins peeled for The Gooch Palms, their coming for ya!

SIR COYLER & HIS ASTHMATIC BANDnorthwest squires of hairy-chested punk

THE DUMPS
do the dump

9pm $8 21+




Friday, June 26, 2015

STRANGE WILDS, MARION WALKER, RED LIQUID & DEAD SPELLS TONIGHT


FRIDAY, JUNE 26
AT BLACK LODGE

STRANGE WILDS
new Sub Pop Records noise punk monsters


MARION WALKER (Reno, NV)
Marion Walker is a 3-piece psych-rock band of sweethearts with sharp teeth. 100% pure Casino Trash.


RED LIQUID
"...profoundly full psychedelic post punk with shoegazing guitars and vocals that manage to channel Peter Murphy with a complete lack of pretense. The songs breathe, and I'm tempted to drop comparisons to THE MISSION U.K. as much as early '90s Sub Pop though I'm fully aware that the roots here are punk" - Terminal Escape


DEAD SPELLS
goth death rokk castin spells

8:30pm // DSWSP



Thursday, June 25, 2015

CATCH FRED THOMAS OF SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME TONIGHT AT THE VIC


THURSDAY, JUNE 25
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

FRED THOMAS
Fred Thomas is a Michigan-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who's been at it forever. Starting out as a teenager in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti noise scene in the early 90's, the guy just kinda started jamming and never stopped. Dedicating the past two decades to various projects, Fred's output has always been wildly varied and constantly changing. Best known for work as a "brainchild" sort of bandleader with the experimental pop sounds of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Thomas has also made significant noise and traveled the world on a seemingly endless string of tours with the washed-out physche of City Center, reverby surf punkers Swimsuit and the internal gentle pop duo MIghty Clouds with former SLGTM singer Betty Barnes. Compulsively playing in bands, running small-scale labels and doing shows on a non-stop basis would make a comprehensive list of related projects a little exhausting, but it's safe to say there's always gonna be something homespun, beautiful and a little weird if Fred is involved.

SKIN LIES
exploring the non-duality of light and dark, horror and pleasure, minor and major, noise and music, right and left, wet and wave

KODA SEQUOIA
basement rokk

9pm $7 21+



Sunday, June 21, 2015

CHARMS, EIGHT BELLS, X SUNS + PANTHER ATTACK @ NARWHAL


SUNDAY, JUNE 21
AT NARWHAL (basement of Unicorn)
1118 E PIKE ST

CHARMS
postpunkk//noise//synthpunkk

EIGHT BELLS
Eight Bells features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space's Melynda Jackson, joined on bass and drums by Haley Westeiner, and Christopher VanHuffel. A native of rural Texas now based in Portland, Oregon, Jackson’s EIGHT BELLS continues in SAS’ tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied SAS drummer Christopher VanHuffel and by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who created the centerpiece vocals on “Fate and Technology” and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocalizations. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music.

X SUNS
If you're a fan of dark, winding instrumentals, do yourself a favor and put X Suns on your "to listen" list. The Seattle trio sit somewhere in the middle of the brutal intensity of Russian Circles and the firework-filled wall of sound of Explosions in the Sky. It's like shoegaze with a backbone. Start with the 11-minute "Pillars for Palaces." Lay back, close your eyes, allow it to envelop you and carry you away to sea. - The Stranger

PANTHER ATTACK
rokk band exploring irregular structures for over a decade 

9pm $7 21+


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE BLOCK IS BLOWIN UP THIS WEEKEND



MAMMA'S BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA 
@ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Black Lodge Victory Lounge

DJ Burnt Zza
$12 LoFi Show Only 

@Black Lodge 

Victory Lounge
Headliner TBA 11:15
$FREE$ Victory Lounge Show Only

WRISTBANDS: $12 PRE-SALES /$15 Day of Show 
WRISTBANDS WILL BE AVAIL @LOFI for joint cover 

8pm // 21+




SATURDAY, JUNE 20
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

CRAWLER
rock//grunge//prog from members of The Keeper, Makeshift + Hungry Crocodiles

POWER SKELETON
originators of psychedelic hobo death trance // improvisation based psychedelic black metal disco

WHORECHATA
Seattle's newest all female punk rock band

9pm $5 21+



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DON'T YOU WORRY BOUT NOTHIN BUT GIGGIN


TUESDAY, JUNE 9
AT NARWHAL
1118 E PIKE ST

DEAD BARS
one dead bar at a time

WORRIERS (NYC)
Worriers are an American melodic punk collective from Brooklyn, New York. The band’s music is centered around the songwriting of the former vocalist/guitarist of The Measure (SA), Lauren Denitzio. They have records out on Don Giovanni, No Idea and Yo-Yo.

CAVES (Bristol, UK)
Caves are a three piece punk band from Bristol, U.K with releases out on Specialist Subject, Yo-Yo, Kiss Of Death, Bombed Out and Dead Broke Rekerds

CUMULUS
indie pop fuzzy goodness

9pm $8 21+



Sunday, June 7, 2015

GIG AWAY YR SUNDAY BLUES AT THE NARWHAL


SUNDAY, JUNE 7
AT NARWHAL (basement of Unicorn)
1118 E PIKE ST

GLADIATORS EAT FIRE
massive riffs, stoney psychedelia, heavy grooves // return from tour gig

FEARLESS LEADER
couple a nice dudes trying to shred their way to the top

MEDICINE BOWS
loud. quiet. loud. repeat.

DIRTY DIRTY
two piece fuzz rock dance noises

9pm $6 21+



Thursday, June 4, 2015

SATURDAY IS A DAY OF GIGS. DECIDE YOUR FATE.



SATURDAY, JUNE 6
AT HIGHLINE
210 BROADWAY E

WREKMEISTER HARMONIES
J.R. Robinson perceives life as a long, gradual process of decay. Lightness fades into darkness, while innocence succumbs to the evils of modern society. His music reflects not only this worldview but his emotional response to it. Then It All Came Down, his second long-form composition as Wrekmeister Harmonies, is an exploration of that existential deterioration and an attempt at attaining a deeper understanding of its process. Wrekmeister Harmonies’ pastoral doom has earned praise from Pitchfork, SPIN, Decibel, and Invisible Oranges as a new form of metal composition and performance involving a wide variety of instrumentation. Employing anenormous ensemble of some of Chicago’s best talents in the metal and experimental communities, including Sanford Parker (Corrections House, Twilight), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Ryley Walker, Chris Brokaw (Codeine, Come), members of Indian and Leviathan and more, Robinson has created a work that is equally gorgeous and menacing. Few artists have perfected the nuances of beauty as well as annihilation, and Robinson’s mastery of both sides of the spectrum makes his an unique voice in the field of doom. 

Then It All Came Down opens with a low, soft drone, creeping in almost imperceptibly. Bells chime as more tonal voices emerge from the ether, Walker’s acoustic guitar echoing in the abyssal soundscape. Several women sing as sirens: “Beautiful Sun.” The piece is inspired by and takes its name from an essay written by Truman Capote following his interview with Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil (which translates as “beautiful sun”), whose dangerous spirit and embodiment of occult ideals offer an extreme example of the light into dark transition the piece explores. As the soft drones and angelic voices are replaced with threatening rumbles of distortion and low cackles courtesy of Wrest, an overwhelming sense of unease permeates the piece’s atmosphere, only a harbinger of what is to come. When the piece does explode into crushing howls and heavy doom, all semblance of tranquility and stillness, the light, the peace, is exterminated. 

Then It All Came Down was debuted at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago under a full moon in July of 2013, the first in a continuing yearly series called Beyond The Gate. The series continued in 2014 with a debut of another new Wrekmeister composition which will be released in early 2015. Wrekmeister Harmonies will continue to bring large-scale productions involving a rotating cast guest musicians to unconventional performance spaces throughout 2014-15, and has a future collaboration planned with The Body. An essay by Robinson about Beausoleil’s influence on Charles Manson and his ideological lineage from Alastair Crowley is available for deeper insights into Robinson’s fascination with the controversial cult figure.

BELL WITCH
Seattle funeral/death doom duo BELL WITCH (comprised only of bass, drums, and vocals) made a massive impact in the doom metal scene with their debut album “Longing” (which followed their cult demo that had already generated buzz for the band) which was hailed as one of 2012’s best doom metal releases, even though it was released late in the year, in Nov of said year. With the momentum for the band carrying on, the duo would tour extensively (in North America and Europe) in support of “Longing”, continuing to build more awareness in the scene. 

Their anticipated new album, “Four Phantoms” (which was recorded and engineered by the legendary and respected Billy Anderson; Agalloch, Pallbearer, Leviathan, Neurosis, Red House Painters etc.) is BELL WITCH’s most crushing and most moving work yet. With a more honed focus on song structure and more intricate composition, all while taking their sound even further in the soul crushing heaviness realm, “Four Phantoms” (which once again features a guest lead vocal appearance by Aerial Ruin sole mastermind Erik Moggridge on the “Somniloquy” track) is a doom metal triumph for the ages, an album that will go down as one of doom metal’s most triumphant moments of the year with a milestone that no other band in the genre can parallel.

PRINCESS
beardrock // imagine if Henry Rollins had joined The Melvins

9pm $10 21+





SATURDAY, JUNE 6
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

FUNGI GIRLS (Fort Worth, TX)
shit rock on HoZac Records + Gnar Tapes

LOS CRIPIS (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Los Cripis started as a home project between Josi and Nicolás when they met in the summer of 2009 and began to spend every hot afternoon playing with 2 guitars (plugged into the same amplifier). It was so fun that they decided to start a band. That summer they put together their first songs and lyirics and thought about incorporating a drummer. Even though they couldn't find one, they decided to start recording all the same. There was a very small room at Nicolás’s and after taking what they had to it (a portaestudio, one computer, a microphone, an amp, guitars, a fan and a cassette player), they decided to name it "Momia Studio". In 2010 and 2011 they moved in together and recorded many songs, which reflect the spirit of the first rehearsals: simple, raw and fun. One day they went to a rehearsal space and recorded the sounds of a drum, which they then used to complete most of the songs, and so by the end of 2011 they had finished Our First Album and FAT (which despite the name came before OFA). Then they made the first copies on cassette and a website for downloading the albums with their past projects and friends. In this way Fariscal Records was born. One stage had finished and they really wanted to play live shows. This time they would find a drummer yes or yes. After a few weeks, they met Marta and from the first practice the three knew they had to keep playing together, so the search was over. And so a new phase of getting "out of the house" and playing live shows started. At the second concert they played in an old video store in Boedo and among the public was Bruno, an unknown fella at the time who invited them to play at the 1234 Shoreditch Festival in London, where he worked. From that point they started to build their 2012 European tour where they met new friends and recorded (in London) the songs that would be part of their third album out in early 2013. The sound of Los Cripis is simple and primitive, no pedals or effects, but full of saturation, melodies, freshness, d.i.y. spirit and color. First takes predominate in the recordings, perhaps reminding us of The Shaggss or Beat Happening.

DISPLAY
everett post punkkin

SSNACKSS
Killer late-'70s, American sounding punk; raw and riffy without weighing too heavy on Chuck Berry, and their guitar sound is FLEEK as a mofo! - The Stranger

9pm $8 21+


Monday, June 1, 2015

MONDAY GIGGIN AT THE VIC // SLACKER PUNKK GALORE



MONDAY, JUNE 1
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

SHUCKS
heavy pop

COUCHES (San Fransisco)
keeping it simple is a way of life. you don't have to carry a heavy load and there is no stress from being a little too lazy. if you live a life on the same level then you will enjoy the moment with san francisco slackers, COUCHES. 

GREAT GRANDPA
grunge pop grandparents

VERSING
noisekraz

9pm $7 21+