Ereptile Destruction, Growler, Shitkill
Tuesday November 22, 9 pm at Union Pool: $8
Once in a while, it helps to forget everything that’s happened to metal since nu metal hit, and take a trip back to our roots. Growler, a Brooklyn-based act that describes itself simply as “hard and loud” helps get us there, mainly by defying the trend toward increasingly humorless, doomed and/or blackened what-have-you. Lately, it feels like we’re so chin-deep in sludgy muck that it’s easy to forget where we started. Growler’s throwback sound plops us back in the early ’80s, with their high-pitched, falsetto, bordering on operatic vocals that recall Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
At the same time, their music is influenced by some metal progressions that came after the long-haired, neon spandex, and fluffy permed era that they’re echoing so strongly. Stoner metal is especially prominent, thanks to straight-up evil bass and guitar licks dropped in like downpouring anvils, which hammer out any softness leftover from glam influences and make Growler a more honest product of our life/times.
A band called ShitKill will open up the show with their unabashedly old-school groove metal that might transport you back to a place you hoped you’d never return to: when the early aughts did the ’90s.
So far, headliners Ereptile Destruction have managed to avoid social media and, for the most part, the internet altogether. However not even the rather elusive, relatively new three-piece band, which counts Greg Stovetop and Sebastian Paulson as members, could escape the clutches of crappy, blurry photos snapped by one Facebook user who posted their images next to a sparkling review in couplet form: “Oh wow!” Fingers crossed that’s an accurate statement.
Rough Trade 40th Anniversary: Thurston Moore & John Zorn
Wednesday November 23, 8 pm at Rough Trade: $20
Ok, so Rough Trade sure as hell ain’t celebrating their 40th year in NYC, that’s for damn sure. The truth is, some record stores that might have been doing that sooner or later have closed since Rough Trade scooted into town and opened up the biggest record store in the whole wide city, but that’s another story for another day. But if they wanna throw a birthday party headlined by a Thurston Moore & John Zorn dream team, we’ll let em have it.
A few weeks back we alerted you to a pair of live music events featuring the ex-Sonic Youth members, and now ex-spouses (here’s to hoping that you’re not choosing sides in the divorce either). Kim Gordon’s performance at National Sawdust has come and gone, and tickets to see Thurston have been on sale since November 2, so you’re probably assuming that we’re discussing a sold out show here, yeah? Wrong-o. By the grace of some crazy magician in the sky, there are still tickets available to Wednesday’s show. So we’ll keep this short: hop to it, before they’re gone.
Black Friday: Black Kray, Hunned Mill, Karmah, Pictureplane, Working on Dying crew (Filthy, Oogie Mane, Dizzy Santana), Five Finger Posse
Friday November 25, 11 pm at Trans-Pecos: $15
Goth Money Records promises to bring “the best of underground rap” to Trans-Pecos for a late-night show to start the weekend, and judging by the D.C. label’s record cover art alone, it’s gonna be a particularly dope evening. No doubt their lineup has some serious style, but beyond surface-level cool, the label’s known for cultivating a dedicated “dark trap” sound unlike anything else we’re hearing at the moment in our neck of the woods.
The blackdrop to Black Kray, for one, is our dystopian future-like present: a gothy club backdrop, hypnotic chants worthy of a secret society, and the din of a dungeon populated only by a TV broadcasting the latest in bloody shootouts across the world. The latest from Karmah (like Black Kray, another artist out of Richmond, Virginia) is steeped in horror rap and the church-organ synth sounds of John Carpenter. The rest of the lineup is dense with talent too and, real talk, there’s probably no better way to spend your Friday night.
Hounds Basket, No Ice, Kamikaze Palm Tree, No Shoes, Dead Tenants, The Regrets
Saturday November 26, 8 pm at Sunnyvale: $10
If your plan for Thanksgiving is to be an orphan this year, just like every year, then you’re gonna need some shit-kicking rock-n’-roll vibes to work out your anger, no? Turns out you’ll have something to be thankful for this year after all: Sunnyvale’s hosting a Saturday show headlined by Hounds Basket, whose roar-filled noise rock is the equivalent of crushing a beer can on your head and growling at a stroller full of babies. Yeah, it’s that angry.
Don’t go overboard, though– there’s plenty left to see and scream about, including the sing-song indie rock of No Ice (from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen crew), and the “noise/surf/psych rock” of SF’s own Kamikaze Palm Trees.