Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Thursday October 6
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• ALL AGES
$15 in advance / $18 at the door
heavy metal psych rock
-from New York, NY
-Originally perceived as a Brooklyn based punk band, SURFBORT is proving their cult cool translates coast to coast. Channeling inspiration from the 80’s punk scene to produce rousing, explosive music, their feedback strafed, guitar-shredding music says no to a digital age full of intolerance; they radiate love and friendship. All are welcome in the SURFBORT FREAK FAMILY!
Touring with The Black Lips after playing the last Coachella, the band has also played with The Dickies, Royal Trux, White Fang, The Garden, Martin Rev, Tijuana Panthers, The Mystery Lights, and many others. The band continues to hail acclaim from peers and journalists alike: “The high degree of authenticity that permeates every aspect of Surfbort’s work makes the band a “distinguishable artistic entity. Live, Surfbort is akin to a stick of dynamite that self-ignites, producing a massive eruption that encapsulates the audience in the most incredible way. The band’s energy feels far far from forced; it is raw to the point of being uncontrollably infectious.”- AMPLIPY MAGAZINE. “Machine gun volley of two-minute shards of sound that pummel you into a giddy mess while flicking two fingers to authority” - CRACK MAGAZINE. “The last (only) New York Punk band” - W Magazine. The Guardian compares the band with “The Spirit of Bikini Kill, Pussy Galore, Patti Smith and X”.
It’s no wonder Surfbort was one of the handpicked collection of great bands originally signed to Cult Records, the indie label founded by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes/The Voidz. The band has recently been hand picked by Iconic rock producer Linda Perry to be part of her new partnership with streaming giant SOUNDCLOUD, starting with the new exclusive single ‘White Claw Enema Bong Hit’. The song was inspired by the band’s observation during the pandemic, of how polarized society was becoming: party against party, arguing over Covid statistics, fighting over human rights, information vs. disinformation...nobody could even agree on what the truth was. People were dying, a revolution was percolating, and most people were stuck at home watching it on TV.
Meanwhile (and as always) there were these groups of tone-deaf people flexing their privilege, partying obliviously with no care in the world for the large-scale suffering on tap for most people. The band reflects this in the video with a mix of striking, aggressive but fun images that tell the story, also featuring model actress Ashley Smith and Zach Holmes from the upcoming ‘Jackass Forever’ movie. Singer Dani Miller also recently guested on the GROUPLOVE track ‘Just What You Want’ and the band collaborated with Donita Sparks on a new L7 track due out this November.
Surfbort also starred in the 2019 Pre-Fall GUCCI campaign, performing at the press event and is featured in the FILM DIRECTED BY GLEN LUCHFORD. Singer Dani Miller is also the star of the launch of the worldwide campaign for GUCCI BEAUTY. Drummer Sean Powell was also Academy Awardİ nominee Riz Ahmed and Director Darius Marder’s INSPIRATION FOR MOLDING THE LEAD CHARACTER in the Academy Awardİ winning film ‘Sound of Metal’. Surfbort will be playing new music live from their forthcoming album, Keep On Truckin’ - set for release September 24th with Linda Perry’s Partnership With SoundCloud- in LA and additional NYC and other live dates to be announced shortly. Surfbort is: Dani Miller- Vocals, Alex Kilgore - Guitar, Matt Picola - Guitar, Nick Arnold - Bass, and Sean Powell - Drums.
-from Los Angeles, CA
-Heavy music’s evolution has always been a murky swamp of sub-genres. So, combining Thin Lizzy’s glistening twin guitar harmonies with Melvins- grade sludge and a hearty dose of proto-metal psych probably shouldn’t sound so revolutionary as it does in the hands of L.A. quartet Deathchant. But theirs is a special, transcendent sound.
Waste, the band’s sophomore album and first for RidingEasy Records, is anything but. The 33-minute, 7-song blast flows seamlessly from song to song, aided by droning segues, while simultaneously slithering between genres and moods. Rumbling noise, chiming guitar melodies, bluesy boogie, NWOBHM thrash, COC grunge and punk fury all rear their head at times, sometimes all at once.
Though you wouldn’t be able to tell by the concise structures and well- crafted songs, a lot of Deathchant’s music is improvised, both in the studio and live. That’s not to suggest their songs are jammy — they’re very tightly organized compositions. But the four musicians have that special musical telepathy that allows them to keep the song structures open-ended.
“Improv is a huge things for us and always has been,” singer/guitarist T.J. Lemieux says. “The musical freedom to look at the other dudes in the band and be able to take things wherever we want to go is magical. I like the feel of flying off the hinges.”
Likewise, the band itself is similarly amorphous in its membership. “We run the band with an open door. No lineup is definitive,” Lemieux explains. On Waste, the lineup is: Lemieux, George Camacho on bass, Colin Fahrner on drums, and John Belino on second guitar.
Waste was recorded live in a rented cabin in the mountains of Big Bear, CA. “We packed a big-ass van and set up in the living room and kitchen,” Lemieux says. “Tracked it live, with overdubs after.” The whole album was recorded over two separate weekends, engineered by Steve Schroeder, who also recorded the band’s 2019 self-titled debut album.
“I’d say it has sort of a DIY LA punk aesthetic,” he adds. “Very ironically going hand in hand with a classic metal vibe: Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, classic Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and other melodic heavy rock bands.”
-from Los Angeles, CA
-Smirk is a solo project from Nick Vicario (Crisis Man, Public Eye, Cemento). Following the release of ‘LP’ on Feel It (US) and Drunken Sailor (EU/UK) earlier this year, Smirk is back with a 12” EP on Total Punk. While ‘LP’ compiled Smirk’s two limited run cassettes, ‘EP’ is seven fresh tracks of wiry well-crafted punk with heaps of hooks. Sharp guitars and anxious one note leads adding tension to the locked in propulsive groove of the bass and drums. Nick Vicario, doing his best ‘man on wire’ routine, exudes cool confidence while poking at the anxieties of modern life. Strutting his way to the apocalypse one jittery jam at a time, ‘EP’ is agitated, catchy, and bouncy as hell. 100% TOTAL PUNK.