Saturday, April 9, 2011, WHUS presents:
UCONN Hillel (Sponsored by 91.7FM WHUS, whus.org)
54 N. Eagleville Rd
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6:30pm - FREE for UConn Students, $5 for non-students
from Sub Pop:
King of Jeans. The title of Pissed Jeans’ third album and second for Sub Pop conjures their essence perfectly—masters of the mundane, beasts of the banal, high priests of the humdrum. These four, white, male high school graduates hardly look further than their own appendages for artistic inspiration, content to execute their own brand of brash and heavy punk music in the Joe Carducci-approved standard rock formation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. From simple minds and simple fabrics comes this King of Jeans, perhaps also a slight nod to the variety of Pissed Jeans-inspired groups that have crawled up since 2007’s Hope for Men. After all, there can be only one.
It’s also worth noting that this is the first record that bassist Randy Huth has played on, he of both Drag City recording artists Pearls & Brass and Randall of Nazareth. A close friend of guitarist Bradley Fry and singer Matt Korvette since high school, his full-time Jeans status has helped to complete Pissed Jeans’ take on the cumulative efforts of all heavy guitar-based music of the past four decades. Drummer Sean McGuinness appreciates the random packets of opium he shares at band practice, too.
So here it is: King of Jeans. Expect to see these Jeans on the road for a good part of 2009 and 2010, as previous shows have paired them with acts as oddly fitting as Om, Black Dice, Flipper, Boris, Harvey Milk, Mudhoney, and hell, they even played with Sage Francis once. When that long hairy arm starts for your face, I recommend you take a good bite. —Brian Duane, 2009
band bio - with quotes from Vanity Fair and Thrasher (kinda funny):
Described as a “Performance Galaxy” by Vanity Fair and “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher, Japanther (www.japanther.com) has always been a band apart, running the gamut from performance art to punk rock and back again. Pushing parties to the limit and only stopping short of riots, Japanther returns in 2010 with new member Anita Sparrows (The Soviettes) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream (Menlo Park Recordings, March 2). Says Ian Vanek, “We met Miss Sparrows on Christmas Eve in San Pedro and formed an instant bond. She is family to us and making music with her is just a part of it.” With Sparrows on board, Vanek and Matt Reilly flew to Los Angeles to work with producer Michael Blum, whose past projects with Michael Jackson, Madonna (Like a Prayer, Who’s That Girl), Pink Floyd and Suicidal Tendencies seemed a daring fit for Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream, an album envisioned by Japanther as a dance party–– and all the kids are invited. “Telephone mics? Really?” exclaimed Michael as the group began what was to become a near-perfect expression of an underground sound. Continuing Japanther’s established habit of collaborating with inspiring icons from every scene, legendary poet Eileen Myles (Cool For You, Chelsea Girls) appears on two astonishing tracks.
Unstoppable Death Machines are a blown-out distorto-punk-rock freak-show bass and drum explosion from Brooklyn via Queens. Formed by brothers Billy [drums] and Mike [bass] in 2008, the tandem has jarred DIY venues, rooftops, lofts, sweaty warehouse parties, and art galleries—including two hometown performances at the Queens Museum of Art Biennial Celebration—with their brand of bombastic noise punk.
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt is a visual performance, soul- infused party band started in 2005 by college classmates Neil Fridd and Jesse Cooper Levy in New Paltz, New York. Their show consists of lights, costumes (e.g. a suit of stuffed animals), loud party music and audience participation.
Family of Deers bluesy/jammy rock UConn-based band with a dash of jazz.