Friday 07 November
GREYS (can) GREYS

Greys are a loud rock band from Toronto. Feel like you’re up to speed? As self-appraisals go, it’s a bit sparse, but it tells you all you need to know about the band without the pretentious accoutrements. It’s short, fast, and to the point – much like their debut album, If Anything.

There are plenty of other adjectives one could associate with the band: Caustic. Brash. Noisy. Abrasive. Dissonant. Melodic. Sarcastic. Explosive. It’s immediately apparent that the young quartet graduated from the School Of Noise Rock, Class Of ‘93, and their professors were guys like Reis, Denison, MacKaye and Cobain. So have many others, sure, but where Greys differentiate themselves is their economic distillation of those lessons into a funhouse mirror reflection of punk rock.

One needn’t look any further than the first two songs on If Anything for clarification. The opening track and lead single, “Guy Picciotto,” kicks the album off with a cacophony of noise which quickly races into a driving sing-song that recreates the familiar-to-millions moment of life-altering inspiration and identification with idols like the titular Fugazi guitarist. Shehzaad Jiwani and Cam Graham’s guitars propel the song skyward as Jiwani yells wistfully, “There goes my hero/He plays the same guitar as me/When I see him flying right off the stage/I want to be like him every day in every way.”

The band was formed in 2011 over a mutual appreciation for huge guitars and mathy rhythms. Three EPs in as many years (2011’s Ultra Sorta, 2012’s Easy Listening and 2013’s Drift) saw them rapidly growing both as players and performers, whittling their sound down to a sharp edge over 100,000 kilometers worth of DIY shows across North America. By the time If Anything was being recorded over the autumn of 2013, Greys were less interested in paying homage to those who first inspired them than carving out their own identity.

The stargazing on the album’s opener quickly turns to shoegazing on its second cut, “Use Your Delusion,” as Jiwani’s wide-eyed adulation fades to ambivalence. The song’s supercharged stomp, courtesy of drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, has the singer shouting, “I wish I could be less cynical/I wish that I could relate/I wish someone would write a song about me for a change/And I wish I liked it.” Simply wanting to mimic their heroes isn’t enough, and the group meld grungy muscle with indie rock detachment and post-punk angularity to create something familiar yet unique. The song eschews hardcore downstroking in favour of tremolo bends and stop-start rhythms. Such details only make themselves apparent on repeated listens, however, as the first few spins leave the listener spinning from If Anything’s all-out aural assault.

Therein lies the rub for Greys; an avid respect for their punk forebears wrestling with the bratty audacity to move beyond those paradigms. While If Anything amply satisfies the primal urge one derives from the best punk rock, it also rewards multiple listens with textural curiosities, evoking more than just the noise rock staples with debts owed to Unwound, Polvo, The Swirlies and Sonic Youth. In short, it’s equal parts Jesus Lizard and Jesus And Mary Chain. This is crystallized in the band’s live show, earning them a reputation as a formidable act whose amplitude is matched only by its intensity.

Put simply: Greys are a loud rock band from Toronto.

https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/sets/greys-if-anything


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Tuesday 11 November
HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS (us) + CYCLOPS (us) + THE ANOMALYS Punk/Garage evening!

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads (NY )

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQnXZf0tX2cvVgcBXfe6RrIsffaCX6ftD

Cyclops(US)

https://www.facebook.com/CYCLOPSISLAND1

The Anomalys(Ned)

https://www.facebook.com/The.Anomalys

Entree 8 Euro
Deur Open 20.00
First Band 20.30
Early show, so it’s over on time for a weekday.

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Wednesday 19 November
SILVER APPLES (us) + TOMAGA (uk) SILVER APPLES

“Silver Apples are THE electronic group of all time… Silver Apples are to electronic music what Thomas Edison is to Facebook.”

Trebuchet Magazine
History of the Band

Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer consisting of 12 oscillators and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second hand electronic junk, the band quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression. The photo below is of the band’s first gig, before 30,000 fans in NY’s Central Park.

First full-length album was released in 1968 on KAPP Records. The self titled album rode the Billboard Magazine Top 100 list for 10 weeks.

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The second full length album was released in 1969, titled CONTACT. A national tour was launched by the band’s recording popularity. A third album was recorded in 1970, but not released when KAPP folded.Without a record label the band disbanded, and, except for an occasional bootleg release, was not heard from again until 1994, when a German label named TRC, without license, re-released the first two albums in a double CD version, complete with poster. Since then numerous artists around the world have released covers, tributes and samplings of Silver Apples material.

In 1996, Simeon re-activated Silver Apples, recording and performing with many musician friends and admirers. On March 10, 2005, original drummer, Danny Taylor, passed away of a heart attack in Kingston, New York. He was 56 years old. Working as a solo performer, with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, Simeon has continued the Silver Apples live concerts with performances literally all over the world. Currently Simeon is still recording and performing as a solo.

“Silver Apples… a beautiful and mysterious artifact.”

New York Times

http://www.silverapples.com/

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Saturday 20 December
HIEROPHANT (it) + TEETHGRINDER + NUCLEAR DEVASTATION + Surprise Act Wolves Of Hades Presents…

A night of uncompromising sonic warfare with relentless apocalyptic d-beats, chaotic riffs, desperate cries and beers as cold as your ex’s heart!

Hierophant (Italy)
-Blackened Crust fueled by Cries ov Arsonist Prayers-

Teethgrinder (Netherlands)
-Blackened Hardcore Hymns for the Hopeless Souls -

Nuclear Devastation (Netherlands)
-Negative D-beats Cursed by Everlasting Solitude-

+ Surprise act

https://www.facebook.com/WolvesOfHades

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