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April 23, 2014

This is a good song.

April 23, 2014
This is a good song.

Band We Like
April 21, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

L.A.’s Upset = singer/guitarist Ali Koehler (she was the drummer in Vivian Girls and also Best Coast before she got kicked out and yo, that be COLD, B) + drummer Patty Schemel (she was in some band called Hole - not familiar) + guitarist Jennifer Prince (La Sera - whatever will be, will be). Together, they play instantly appealing pop punk that’ll put a bounce in your step as you walk around carrying all that alt lament.

There’s a little bit of that good old ‘90s guitar crunch going on over this sunny catchiness. Think about The Breeders and Veruca Salt and Belly and, you know, good old bands like that. Then stop thinking about the past so much. Live for NOW, goddamn it. Seize the Day. This is Your Captain Your Captain speaking. And that’s an order.

Upset are probably indeed upset. There is some heartbreak going on in these songs. So try not to feel these words TOO much. Let's be fragile with our delicate selves. Instead, just listen for that snappy peppy sweet jingle jangle and chorus you can crush in the shower. We don’t need anybody going around feeling sad now. They will be plenty of time for that later........much later.

Upset released their debut album on the mighty Don Giovanni Records a little while ago (do you really need a specific date, dear Rockness reader?). It’s called “She’s Gone” and it’s really good. I’ve been wearing that record out. So too, by association, have my upstairs neighbors. I hope they like it. I’ve never asked them. Sometimes it’s best to have a don’t ask / don’t tell relationship with your neighbors, you know?

Here’s a song from “She’s Gone.” Guess what it’s called? “She’s Gone.” Woah. That’s some spooky shit.

Band We Like
April 21, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Look out now. Things are getting hectic. Hive Bent are one dude (that’s Kyle destroying his drums over there) and one lady (there’s Steph on the shrieks and the guibass) from Baltimore. Together, they make ferociously sublime noise punk that hits it loud and plays it fast. So you’re gonna wanna move in on this. STAT. Or POOF. There goes the goodness.

Remember when I was talking about Steph’s guibass in that last dynamic paragraph? I didn’t spell something wrong. No. You see, I didn’t include the (sic) because I believed you'd figure out the deal, dear Rockness reader. You can guess what a guibass sounds like, right? If you guess “noodle-y” or "twinkle-y" you are WRONG, son. DEAD WRONG. If you guess “sludgy” you WIN the right to go on living your always right life! That thing sludges so hard I never want to wash behind my ears again. What does that even mean? I DON’T KNOW. I just know the guibass is the best instrument and it rules. Forever and Ever. Amen.

If you like any of the following bands (that I totally coincidentally have also profiled for my favorite section of the site), you might like Hive Bent (please note: I thought of these band comparisons extremely quickly): Roomrunner (Baltimore love) + Greys + Torche + Vulture Shit (because I just scanned Whoa My Blobness and saw Hive Bent is playing a show with them #behindtheblob) + Rodan (didn’t recently write about them - but there go my heroes) any other band that throttles you with the BOOMS and comes after you so loud, sludgy, courageous, right, fine, and true.

Right below these dynamic words I have conveniently posted Hive Bent’s just released (April) (2014) (A.D.) and just wonderful EP “Dyatlov” for you. I’m sure that title means something but I can’t quite figure out what. Maybe it’s an abbreviation or an anagram or something. Perhaps it’s one of those deals where you can only decode its meaning by holding the EP cover art up to a mirror while standing on your head with the lights turned down low. Maybe it’s just the name of some Russian dude. I don’t know. I just know these five songs rule. And knowing that is half the battle to knowing that that’s all you need to know.

Don't wait. Go on. Hurry up. Get Hive Bent.

(P.S.: Kyle is a good drummer.)

Just Announced
April 17, 2014


5/06 Dustin Wong, Big Dipper, Luke Tokyo Drifter @ Empty Bottle
5/09 Jerome LOL, Oneman @ Primary
5/11 Ice Balloons, Babes @ Beat Kitchen
5/18 U.S. Royalty @ Empty Bottle
5/20 Nazoranai (Ambarchi / Haino / O'Malley), Oozing Wound @ Empty Bottle
5/25 Talib Kweli @ Metro
5/30 Fred Falke, Eddie Riot, Echodroides, Redux DJs @ Primary
6/01 High on Fire, Bongripper @ Empty Bottle
6/03 Yonatan Gat (from Monotonix) @ Schubas
6/05 Warm Ones, The Sleepwalkers, Mooner @ Hideout
6/07 Rush Midnight, Nightbox @ Empty Bottle
6/08 Spanish Gold (w/ mems of My Morning Jacket, City and Colour, Brownout) @ Lincoln Hall
6/09 Kelis @ Park West
6/11 Fuck Buttons @ Bottom Lounge
6/14 The Detroit Cobras, Wayne Hancock, Krank Daddies, Creepshow, Pinata Protest @ Cobra Lounge
6/15 Pinata Protest, More TBA @ Cobra Lounge
6/21 Judge, H2O, Blacklisted, Foundation @ Metro
6/25 Criminal Hygiene, Burndoubt, Strange Faces @ Subterranean
6/27 Ray Lamontagne, Hamilton Leithauser @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island
7/10 Man Forever, So Percussion @ Constellation
7/12 Veruca Salt @ Lincoln Hall
7/16 Andrew Jackson Jihad @ Bottom Lounge
7/25 Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
8/03 Imelda May @ Park West
9/26 Die Krupps, Acumen Nation, Fear Factory, Author & Punisher @ Metro
9/27 Front 242, Cocksure, Youth Code, Caustic @ Metro

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April 15, 2014

This is a good song.

Recommended Show
April 14, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Gates are five guys from New Brunswick, NJ who make muscular emotional music (i think there’s an abbreviated genre term for emotional music like this but can’t recall its name right now) that reaches for the stars. It’s soaring and pretty and shreds. Sometimes it gives me goosebumps too.

This band brings a whole lotta heart to their work. I know this to be true. Gates mean what they say and believe what they play. There’s nothing casually detached here. There’s no wry humor or silly absurdity in their repertoire. These climactic melodies mean serious business, friends. This isn’t about puppy dogs and ice cream. This is about stepping out from the shadows and “seeing the light,” man. And when Gates’ guitars get triumphant and reach their euphoric peak, things really do look a little brighter around here - which is impressive because as of this writing (11:04 am in the Year of the Perdue Wonderchicken) it is yet another cold grey ass day outside and winter hasn’t even started yet. Sigh. So it goes.

I’ve probably listened to Gates’ new (too short = left wanting more = perfect) album “You Are All You Have Left to Fear” about twenty-five times in the last week. And that’s no exaggeration. I’ve told you a million times before that I don’t do that. The album has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise super sucky week for me. I’ll tell you about it sometime. When are you free to discuss my darkness? How’s 7pm tonight? If that doesn’t work, how does any night between now and forever work for you?

Go ahead and stream this album below. Just do it. You will either really like it or realize immediately that this ain’t your thing. And if not, that’s fine You don’t like to feel? No problem! I’m OK. You’re OK. And everyone is still chill. Forever and Ever. Amen.

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