Friday, April 16, 2010

The Thermals, Past Lives, The Coathangers

SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010 Manic Productions brings you:

The Space
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden CT

Directions: CLICK

Doors open at 7 PM – $14 ($12 advance or from Redscroll Records)

The Thermals brand of simple, catchy, snotty punk-pop sounds all sweaty and covered in lint and crumbs and broken glass and whatever else was all over their practice space floor. And while the sound is still appropriately raw and in your face, there is definitely more of a pop to punk ratio. Although for every lilting melody and sugary sweet hook, the Thermals stomp it to bits within minutes. Lots of folks here think that this is what the Mountain Goats would sound like all drugged up and punk rock supercharged, with the vocalist's nerdy whine, sung/spoken delivery and oblique wordy lyrics. Imagine the simple jangle pop of the Strokes, the skewed take on classic Beatlesque songwriting of Guided By Voices, the three chord stomp of the Ramones and add lots of packed basement, broken down van, DIY and punk rock snarl and you've got The Thermals!
Kill Rock Stars

Past Lives:
The band got their start in late 2007 after the breakup of The Blood Brothers. Vocalist Jordan Blilie, bassist Morgan Henderson, and drummer Mark Gajadhar joined with former Blood Brothers guitarist Devin Welch and started working on their debut EP almost immediately. Strange Symmetry was released on August 4, 2008 through Suicide Squeeze. It was initially a digital-only release with a limited run of physical CDs, but was later made more widely available on CD and vinyl.
Suicide Squeeze

The Coathangers are newcomers to Atlanta's vibrant punk, pop and experimental music scene, but the group has risen quickly through the ranks to become one of the city s most talked about acts. Since July of 2006 Julia Kugel (guitar/vocals), Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals), Candice Jones (keyboard/vocals) and Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) have hammered out a bat cave crunk-punk dirge that explodes with energy and creativity. Don't be fooled by playful early song titles, like Nestle In My Boobies and Don't Touch My Shit. These women are real deal feminists, armed with a brash and irreverent sense of humor. They're more likely to be caught cracking jokes with Andrew W.K. than sharing tea and vegan cookies with Kathleen Hannah's crew. Simply put The Coathangers get the party started. They say what they want to say, do what they want to do, and they write songs because they want to have fun. Imagine if you will a marriage of the Beastie Boys circa Some Old Bullshit and the Slits when they were still a punk band and you're in the right ballpark.
Suicide Squeeze

The Thermals / Past Lives dates:

4.12 - Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
4.13 - Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
4.14 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
4.15 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
4.16 - Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
4.17 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
4.18 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
4.20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

...and some other Past Lives dates:
4.22 - Princeton, NJ @ Terrace Club at Princeton University
4.23 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St.
4.25 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

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