Saturday, October 1, 2011
I want to give a huge thanks to everyone one came out to last night's "Exploding In Sound presents" show with Zlam Dunk, Summer People, HotChaCha, and Your Skull My Closet at Bruar Falls. A truly great time with four amazing bands that all destroyed, and I think the packed house would agree.
Luckily for us, Dan Greer of dg. artistics was there capturing photos from both HotChaCha and Zlam Dunk's sets. Check them out below and be sure to head over to his site to see more great photography and artwork. We look forward to working with him again soon!
Kicked off by local Brooklyn bruisers Your Skull My Closet, the band offered a pummeling set of post punk fury and blistering riffs to a packed house from the very start. Raging through standouts "Hands of Light," "Let's Get Acquainted," and "William Brought His Angel Kit" (featured on Until My Head Explodes: The Saga Continues) the guys assaulted the stage with thick grooving guitars and the captivating drumming of Jeff Gensterblum. YSMC will play next Friday at Lulu's in Greenpoint with Chicago's Geronimo! Free pizza with every beer and two amazing bands... hope to see you there.
Cleveland's HotChaCha were next and delivered an explosive set that no one in the room was ready for. Things got weird... and awesome. Lead vocalist Jovana Batkovic commanded the audiences' attention diving into the crowd on their opening song, proceeding to invade the private space of just about everyone in attendance... in the true name of punk rock. The band launched into tracks from their recent split 12" Do It. with Summer People including the tribal belting of "Aorist," the hypnotic "Suicide Mission" and "German Soldier" which found Jovana on the top of the venue's bar (which didn't end real pretty on the way down). HotChaCha are one of those bands you really must see live to understand, and you may never be the same afterwards. Check out the remaining dates of their tour HERE.
HotChaCha's Jovana prefaced their set by saying, "If you don't like us, you're going to love Summer People," and it's safe to say that those in attendance loved both. Binghamton, NY's Summer People put on a set that was jaw dropping from the moment it began. The sextet containing three guitarists, drums, bass, percussion, and vocals is unique in every sense imaginable. Lead vocals that sound like the twisted collision of Frank Sinatra and the Pixies' Frank Black, the band offered up songs from the Do It. split and the triumphant Teamwork, stunning the audience with "Et Cetera," "Baseball Bat," the infectious Latin influenced "Nothing But Dead," and the glorious "Elsewhere". Their remaining tour dates can be found HERE.
Austin, TX's favorite post-hardcore quintet Zlam Dunk brought the house down with their superhuman-like energy. After conquering the Exploding In Sound showcase this past March at SXSW, the band once again raised the bar and our expectations with their dance floor ready blend of heavy punk fury, upbeat rhythms, swirling guitars and kinetic synths that could shift the Richter scale. The band shouted out anthemic tracks from Noble Ancestry including "Not Stoked," "Ghostwoman," and "Midnight Runners" (featured on Holy Moly!) as well as two brand new tracks "British Teeth" and what I think was called "Monterrey". Lead vocalist Charlie Day tore up the stage and the floor as he busted out his signature dance moves to the audience's delight. Erupting like an impromptu party, Zlam Dunk closed the set with the epic "Vice," and its safe to say we were all "moving to a different beat". The amount of adrenaline running through a Zlam Dunk set is infectious, leaving me buzzing for hours after the final note. You can still catch the band on tour HERE.
HotChaCha [all photos courtesy of Dan Greer]:
Zlam Dunk [all photos courtesy of Dan Greer]:
Posted by Dan Goldin at 11:40 PM