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Instagram Recap: Who is #GUITARCULES and why do they rule so hard?

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Last night the gang at Guild Shows kicked off their month curating the Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA with a performance like few have ever seen. Not much was known about GUITARCULES going into it – we couldn’t find any videos of this monster riff-centric supergroup on YouTube or Vimeo – and the images that exploded across my Instagram feed last night gave but a few other clues.

One of the players was clearly Greg Labold, of BandName and other musical pursuits. The band wears brightly colored masks that fall somewhere between The Residents and Slipknot. They released an album to Bandcamp yesterday afternoon. And, well, it looks and sounds like totally ridiculous mayhem and the performance clearly ruled hard.

My curiosity piqued, I was able to contact the drummer of the group – who preferred to remain anonymous – and they described the show over email as “pretty fucking outrageous” – which, I’d expect no less of a group who’s lineup consists of 4 guitarists, 2 bass players, 1 drummer and guest percussion. “We played way too long,” the drummer writes. “Eric [Bresler, programming director at PhilaMOCA] was very patient with us though. haha. We had 20 minutes of music and our set was an hour including a 25 minute guitar solo competition.” Day-em. Crank the album below, check out a selection of Instagram photos after the jump, and look for more from GUITARCULES at their Facebook page.

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Guest VJ Nick Fanelli previews Guild Shows’ Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song
AVA House, immortalized in a Menzingers song, and stomping grounds for the Guild Shows crew

This month marks the one-year anniversary of PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out film-and-music showcase, and taking the curator’s reins are current heavy hitters in Philly’s DIY promotions scene. Guild Shows have developed quite the roster of ass-kicking concerts in spaces as far-flung as West Philly’s Golden Tea House (site of March’s Waxahatchee album release party), The Barbary (the Frankford Avenue punk refuge) and The Fire (when they host all-ages shows). Their musical tastes are as broad as their locations, though definitely rooted to some degree in in DIY punk rock. We asked Guild’s Nick Vanelli to weigh in on this month’s Tune-Out via our regular Guest VJ spotlight. All shows happen at 8 p.m., are $5 at the door and are all ages.

From Nick:
We strived to create a series that was full of unique shows- bands or concepts you’ll rarely see- that also provided a true taste of what The Guild does. All four shows feature musicians who regularly play on our shows performing in non-traditional formats, and we are really excited for all of our super talented friends to shine in new ways. Continue reading →