A trio of Philly punk scene vets has joined forces in a new band called Dark Blue, blending elements of their various projects into a rumbling whole. Made up of singer-guitarist John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner), bassist Andy Nelson (of Paint it Black and Ceremony), and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Purling Hiss and The Loved Ones), the band released it’s debut single for “Subterranean Man” today via Bandcamp, with a 7″ pressing via Katorga Works soon to follow.
As Nelson pointed out via email, the lineup is the same as Puerto Rico Flowers, Sharkey’s post-Clockcleaner recording project that was fleshed out into a live band in 2009. This group, he says, is meant to be more of a band-band.
Musically, Dark Blue dishes melodic rockers that sound a bit sinister – credit Sharkey’s pensive baritone to that – but it also hints at the nihilistic aggression and acerbic wit of Clockcleaner (consider the b-side, “Skinhead Wedding In Canberra”) as well as the nervy tension heard in Nelson’s Paint It Black. Maybe I’m stretching just a touch here, but it even seems that structural sensibilities Sneeringer honed in his past bands keeps his present bandmates reined in, making this a lively meeting ground between their oi! and proto-punk influences and timeless rock and roll. Recommended if you like The Cramps, The Buzzcocks, Flipper or The Replacements.
The band will make its Philly headlining debut on Tuesday, March 4th at PhilaMOCA; tickets to the all ages show are $5 and available here. Listen to the “Subterranean Man” 7″ below and get a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp.
Our favorite Philly psychedelic/heavy rock power trio Purling Hiss are going out on the road in March, opening for Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks for a handful of dates. On April 22nd, the Hiss will release Dizzy Polizzy on Drag City Records. The 11 song LP, originally conceived as a tour only cassette, will have to hold Hiss fans in check until guitar whiz Mike Polizze and his band record their next album.
Dizzy Polizzy track list
She Don’t Mind 3:18
Digh High 3:36
Sifting Through My Hands 4:15
Millions of Colors 3:48
Don’t Wanna Squeaky Fromme 4:29
The Earth Creature 3:21
On the Last Day 1:38
Below, download/listen to “Lolita,” a track Purling Hiss recorded for Philly’s Shaking Through that was curated by Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs.
Philly punks Restorations will play tonight at Boot & Saddle. The five-piece will likely play some tunes off of its latest album, LP2, released last April, but according to the band’s Facebook page, they have some new songs in store for the audience. The Holy Mess and Dogs on Acid are also on the bill. The 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m.; tickets cost $12 and can be purchased here.
After the huge label debut of Purling Hiss on Drag City with Water on Mars earlier this year, the local fuzz-psych rockers quietly released a tour tape called Paisley Montage on TestosterTunes. It’s primarily the work of Mike Polizze, threading sequences of ideas together as a sort of audible stream-of-consciousness that makes for an excellent superlative to the band’s catalog. It’s bedroom-y and compressed like the old recordings but not overly distorted to the point where Polizze’s dexterous riffs can’t shine through. Take a listen to “Gitar Damage Pt 1″ and “Paisley Dommage Pt 3″ below. Paisley Montage is now available to order on green vinyl here. Purling Hiss plays with Pissed Jeans and Trophy Wife at Union Transfer on February 8th; pick up tickets to the all-ages hometown show here.
Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Brian Wilensky talks about great shows he didn’t see.
Those of you that work in the service industry, like me, know what it’s like to work nights and weekends; missing the shows, parties and nights out with your friends that work business hours. I raise my glass to you, as we share the same suffering because the rent isn’t free. Here are my Top 5 Shows I Wish I Saw in 2013.
1. Clinic / Grooms / The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, 9/17/2013
Liverpool’s art-psych surgical mask-wearing weird guys, Clinic, don’t tour often, let alone cross the pond. Last year’s Free Reign held true to their stagnant drone formula and seeing them convert it to a live setting is something that still spikes my curiosity. Continue reading →
Philly musicians from Andrew Lipke to Kevin Hanson and Wesley Stace will honor and recreate The Band’s 1976 farewell show, The Last Waltz, tonight at the Trocadero. The set will include a full performance of the seminal live album (and concert film), uniting old and new fans of the legendary roots rock band and featuring a guest appearance by original keyboardist for The Band, Garth Hudson. The show will also benefit Philadelphia public schools. Get tickets and information here. Watch a performance of “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Last Waltz below.