Since May 23rd, Melbourne’s purveyors of psyched-out noise rock SHOVELS have been stateside for a tour through the US. Their trip is now nearly complete, coming to an end on June 18th in Northampton, MA. What does that mean for you? Get off your ass and go catch them before it’s too late – they’re in NYC today. We didn’t waste our chance to see the trio, as we were lucky to catch them in Philadelphia and then AGAIN in Baltimore a couple days later. At the same time, Shovels didn’t blow their chance to lay waste to an entire crowd of eager onlookers. The trio delivers their unique blend of psych and noise like a battering ram plowing through your front door, spearheaded by manic percussion while their songs progress cleanly and seamlessly right before your eyes. Their intensity is palpable and everything in the room comes to a screeching halt while these guys do what they do best.
Below you can find a slew of videos from both shows. The Philadelphia show is cut up into songs – the Baltimore show is one half-hour long video (and they play an extra track, “Arm Arm Leg”). Now please, dig in!
At Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia
“Cash” (new song)
At Ottobar in Baltimore
Genre/ Tags: Post-Punk, Punk, Psychedelic, Noise Rock
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COLD SHOWERS and COUSINS each came a long way to play for us in Philadelphia last night. Cold Showers hail from out west in Los Angeles, while Cousins come all the way from Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. Also joining them was Coke Weed from Bar Harbor, Maine and (((Taco))) from no other than Philadelphia. Together this line up destroyed eardrums for the mere fifteen people upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie, leaving me with no other question than where the hell were you last night? Right now Cold Showers are in the process of touring for their upcoming debut LP on Dais Records, Love and Regret, which officially drops on October 9th. They played for us a generous portion of the album, which also includes some tracks from older Cold Showers singles we’ve been raving about for the past year. As for Cousins, the friendly duo ripped through a handful of tracks from their album “The Palm at the End of the Mind,” who are probably responsible for the majority of my hearing loss as I type this passage. Check these videos below and see just how the show played out. Continue reading
Dan McGee and the SPIDER BAGS tore shit up this weekend in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie. They played upstairs in an apartment which made for a blazing sweatfest, which is probably the only real way to experience the Bags in a live setting anyway. They headlined the show, following the destructive acts of some like-minded bands like the Golden Boys, the Limes, and Philly’s brand new scuzz-punks the Residuels (whose set I unfortunately missed). The Bags were forced to finish by 11pm, so they plowed through a near half-hour set, gracing our ears with the rock & roll monstrosities that make up their latest album, the epic Shake My Head. On top of those songs, they even played the entirety of their Papa Was a Shithead 7″ from Sophomore Lounge Records.
By now the Bags have certainly come a long way, from the twangy country-punk of A Celebration of Hunger to this brand new and electrifying offering from Odessa Records. Witness a lethal batch of these tracks come to life right below, followed by your solemn vow that you will always go and see Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags each and every time they come to your town. Also, don’t forget to check the rest of the videos from the show right here. Continue reading