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Saturday December 17 2016
 8:00PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
Planes Mistaken For Stars
Hesitation Wounds
 punk hardcore

Planes Mistaken For Stars
-from Denver, CO // Peoria, IL

-“All these songs were just little globules floating around in my head for the past 10 years,” Gared O’ Donnell says when asked why his band, Planes Mistaken For Stars, made Prey, its fourth album and first since 2006’s Mercy. Planes split in 2007, though it only took three years for the band to start playing shows again. Rumors of new music began to swirl shortly thereafter, and on October 21 Deathwish Inc. will release Prey, which was produced by Sanford Parker and boasts an appropriately rock ‘n’ roll backstory .

Before recording the album, O’Donnell left his home of Peoria, Illinois in hopes of hunkering down somewhere a little more exciting. As he puts it, “I just felt like I needed to do some sort of pre-midlife crisis bullshit.” The town of O’Donnell’s dreams never materialized, so he settled on Waukegan, Illinois, just a couple hundred miles north of where he lives. “I wound up in a fucking Motel 6 trying to start fistfights with truck drivers,” said O’Donnell, “I learned a lot about myself and what makes me happy, and what makes me happy is not being by myself in the middle of fucking Waukegan, Illinois in a strip mall hotel.”

The A.V. Club is premiering the first song from Prey, the paradoxically-titled “Fucking Tenderness.” It’s a song that recalls the band’s golden era, finding the space between classic rock, stoner metal, and discordant hardcore where Planes always excelled. Asked why it was selected as Prey’s lead single, O’Donnell shoots straight. “If you want a generic answer, it’s got a hook,” he says, adding that, “it’s straight-up Thin Lizzy worship.” In our short conversation about Prey, he makes no attempt to push the record, claiming that “it’s patronizing” to do so, and that it will find whatever audience needs it. O’Donnell sums up Planes’ entire ethos in a couple simple declarations: “You don’t sell something you love. You fucking own it.”

Justin Pearson; Michael Crain;
Ryan Bergmann; Brian Evans;
-from Southern California

-Currently consisting of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed), Retox is marked by a speed and sound that seeks to shatter apathy. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student, physically bringing every bit as much intensity as the music itself incites intellectually.
Coming off of their sophomore album, “YPLL” (Years of Potential Life Lost), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego and Los Angeles with their latest antagonistic efforts, entitled “Beneath California”. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases yet never settles on any one genre-- aside from perhaps (as members of the band itself have referred to their work) “annoying”. Tracks such as “Death Will Change Your Life” spit cynical lyrics drenched in rapid-fire rhythm: “All those who have died before me, forgot trustees, cleaned streets with parolees/They dragged everything into the sea, the filth and the debris, and hoped none would see.”
Overall, Retox simultaneously seems to reflect and defy, using music as a way of holding a broken mirror to the rest of us, exposing different pieces of our own fucked up realities, and forcing the acknowledgement of the inevitable self-imposed apocalypse we are creating for ourselves. -Becky DiGiglio

Hesitation Wounds
Neeraj Kane: guitar
Jay Weinberg: drums
Jeremy Bolm: vocals
Stephen LaCour: bass

-Hesitation Wounds is the combined sound of different backgrounds and 5 hours of song writing. In May of 2012, the idea was to combine friends (some of whom had never met) from different bands and see what could happen in one afternoon. Jeremy Bolm, vocalist of Hesitation Wounds (and Touché Amoré), commented, "I told Neeraj Kane (The Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File, Holy Fever), Jay Weinberg (ex-Against Me!), and Stephen 'Scuba' LaCour (Ex-Trap Them, True Cross), 'Let's write as many songs as we can on Sunday and record them on Monday.' Jay was in town and Scuba agreed to come out from Arizona for the weekend. What we came up with was three songs and an intro. We recorded them Monday afternoon with long time friend and always-available-for-my-stupid-shit, Alex Estrada. Lyrically, the songs are about witnessing the murder of a friend, the life and death of the inspirational underdog folk singer Phil Ochs, and the overall reality of life. Sonically, it's an abrasive / no strings attached outpouring of fast and heavy hardcore not far off from the bands we're already responsible for. We're proud of the outcome and we hope you enjoy."