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7PM – Doors
8PM – Show
GROCER (10:45 PM)
Their compositions are both meticulous and volatile, while their live performances are lauded for explosive chemistry with cheeky curiosity. On their most recent full length, Numbers Game, the band rearranged the puzzle pieces of 90s-influenced rock and dissonant pop into something utterly their own. Now building on a landscape of polyrhythms and chromaticism that their fans have grown to cherish, they explore new sonic structures in their forthcoming EP, Scatter Plot. Across its six tracks, Grocer reiterates they are just as comfortable with glassy earworms as they are with angular dissonance. They remain giddy, furious and singularly themselves.
TEENAGE HALLOWEEN (9:45 PM)
Since their start in 2014, power pop group Teenage Halloween have nurtured DIY roots in the New Jersey punk scene. Teenage Halloween was founded by Asbury Park locals Luk Henderiks (lead vocals/guitar) and Brandon Hakim(sax) and had operated on a rotating cast of members. Over the past few years a solid lineup was established including Eli Frank(lead guitar), Jane Lai(keyboard), Tricia Marshall(bass/backing vocals), and Peter Gargano (drums). Their 2020 debut self-titled album “Teenage Halloween” was recorded by Evan Bernard at Big Mama’s Recording Studio in Philadelphia, PA and released by NJ based label Don Giovanni. The songs pack punk, pop, and emo styles as well as themes of gender euphoria, mental illness, existential experience, and dreams of a world without government. The lyrics are politically charged and paired with high energy performances, but most importantly, these songs emphasize community for the marginalized. They make space for those who need it most while also granting listeners an opportunity to reflect on their own privileges. The debut album was enthusiastically received and made it onto multiple end of the year accolades. It was ranked in Stereogum’s “The 40 Best New Bands of 2020,” Brooklyn Vegan’s “Top 55 Albums of 2020,” and nominated for The Alternative’s “Best Debut Album of the Year,” among many others.
GREG ELECTRIC (9:00 PM)
Just who is Greg Electric, and more importantly, are they here to save us all from monotonous music? Welp, Greg Electric is a new band from Philadelphia, a DIY super-group of sorts, and yes… they most definitely are here for that. The band, which features current and former members of Nine of Swords, Ted Nguyent, and Loose Tooth, released their self-titled debut EP today, a furiously skronky beast of hardcore yelps and tangled chord progressions. Rachel Gordon’s (Nine of Swords, Baby Mollusk) vocals offer that perfected bite and bark balanced with detached concern, teaming with disdain between a melodic and rhythmic approach. The band, Mike McGilloway (guitar), Dan Wolf (drums), and Kian Sorouri (bass) dart back and forth, guitars intertwining as the rhythms quake behind them. It’s all delivered with an agile chaos, densely working up fits of sputtering rage and sludgy grooves. The band set up sing-song melodies just to shatter them with brutality moments later. It’s all pretty menacing and abrasive, and it’s a most impressive debut.