EX-CULT (Memphis, Goner/Castle Face) On the tail of their excellent breakout 2nd LP "Midnight Passenger" on Goner Records, we have a brand new batch of bruisers from Ex-Cult, the Memphis-based punk cyclone that no doubt has laid waste to a town near you recently. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80s hardcore while remaining beholden to none. They have the power to convert even the most jaded and bored concertgoer into a sweaty mess in the pit, I've seen it first hand punks, scene rats, skaters, skinheads, hardcore kids, druggies so many disparate groups dig this band it's like an MRR cartoon waiting to happen. This too-short collection of adrenal-enhancers are road warriors already the title track's chants of "trou-ble-finds-me" immediately transports me back to their packed and stanky show at The Smell every time I put the record on the only problem with this sterling batch of sluggers is that it's over too quick. Castle Face Records
USELESS EATERS "Seth and Useless Eaters have been ripping the shit out of terse Telecaster-sharp riffs and Devo indebted angular rhythms since dude was 18 years old. A young protege of Jay Reatard, Seth's home-fried concoctions are sharp, corrosive mini-masterpieces that make you want to flick cigarettes and push strangers. Psycho-sexual serrated vocals, acidic thin guitars, rubbery bass and hot to tape traps lather the whole disc. A really ripping crew of tunes from Seth this time around, kicking off with the supremely heavy "American Cars" and not letting up til the side break these are glass crunching gems with just the right amount of crud to cut your lip a little. A great alienated vibe throughout and some really sticky melodies in there too. Going out under the neon tonight?. take this with you."
LOVE MOON Love Moon is a psych-sludge band from Oakland, CA. Bred in the Midwest, Love Moon relocated from Indianapolis to The Bay Area in the Summer of 2014. Having established a national basement reputation with their previous band, Male Bondage, Love Moon (named after the now out of print Male Bondage LP) is poised to annihilate West Coast eardrums with superfluous amplification and celestial catchiness. With influences taken from vintage heaviness (The Melvins, Black Sabbath) mixed with more contemporary reflections (MBV, Torche) Love Moon creates a wall of noise that sounds oddly familiar but remains otherworldly.
Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109