(flier by Ryan Patterson.)
The Other Side of Life is proud to present:
BLACK GOD (on No Idea Records)
FRONTIER(S) (on Tiny Engines)
THE PINK VULTURES
Friday, January 2nd
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston Street
8 PM DOORS, ALL AGES!
21-and-over drinks with valid photo ID.
Advance online tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/742241-black-god-frontier-s-dead-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/749644261796769
Recommended if you like: Louisville!
BLACK GOD is comprised of Rob Pennington (Endpoint, Minnow), Ryan Patterson (Coliseum, Blood Moon Rail), Nick Thieneman (Young Widows), and Ben Sears (Mountain Asleep, Xerxes).
Listen to BLACK GOD here: http://blackgodlouisville.bandcamp.com/releases.
As the front man for Falling Forward and seminal emo torchbearers Elliott — the band in which he spent most of his adult life — Chris Higdon’s voice was (and remains) the quintessential prototype. Variations of the Louisville native’s magnetic delivery continues to crop up in young groups hoping to achieve even a sliver of the respect and adoration those progenitors earned within the scene. Rounded out by bassist Bryan Todd, Nick Stinnett on drums and guitarist Matt Wieder, who cut his teeth in the early ’90s hardcore outfit Mouthpiece, as well as River City rock staples The Enkindels, FRONTIER(S)‘ manages to seamlessly bridge the gap between the melodic, ethereal indie rock of Higdon’s Elliott-era material and the blistering hardcore punk of the other members’ earlier efforts. Much like the city it calls home, FRONTIER(S) is hopelessly Midwestern. Louisville never accepted east or west coast definitions of post-anything, and the quartet is no different. Serrating guitars, tightly wound bass, and dime-stop drums are the brick to Higdon’s mortar as he switches between airy tones and boot-shaking roar. The band channels enough hardcore angst and Husker Du-style buzzsaw guitar to make even the most jaded scenester flip their wig, while featuring pounding rhythms and a swirling wall of sound that land the listener somewhere smack in the middle of post-punk England and Washington D.C.’s Revolution Summer.
When it comes to the subject of rock and roll, DEAD HALOS doesn’t claim to be re-inventors of the proverbial wheel, nor do they wish to live exclusively in the so-called glory days of years past. The Louisville, Kentucky-based band, which includes Tony Ash (Trophy Wives) on guitar, Aaron Sortman (Waxeater, Neighbor) on drums, Max Balliet (The Ladybirds) on guitar, Cassie Green on bass and Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Stephanie Vogt (Donoma) on vocals, is here to be heard, loud and proud, whether you approve or not. The band’s musical influences are displayed proudly on their collective sleeves, but make no mistake, this is no half-assed nostalgia act or pleasant stroll down memory lane. DEAD HALOS are doing their goddamndest to revitalize the spirit and sound of real rock and roll music, the kind we all grew up loving until, like so many things before, it became a watered down parody of itself. Come one come all. Bring your party hat, your dancing shoes….and maybe some earplugs.
THE PINK VULTURES succinctly describe themselves as “American Punk Rock n’ Roll.” What more needs to be said? Nothing, really, other than their members — Daryl Sullivan, Chris Payne, Brent Starkey, Karri Bedan, and Ella Jean Lumpkins — are an assortment of long-time scene veterans and relatively fresh faces. But they’ll let their music speak for themselves!