Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. $6 at the door. Bring extra cash to spend on all the band’s merch, especially the out of town ones!!! Ryan Ford, the guy who created this awesome flyer will be selling some prints of it as well. It would be in your best interest to set one aside for me… Seriously.
If you do not hit up this show, you are in fact missing out on an amazing night of top notch music and debauchery for those of you who engage in the alcohol induced drinks of fun or bath salts.
I am honored Mr. Jeff Russell of Signals Midwest has put my name on this flyer and is going to somehow try and Skype the show to me. Sadly I can not be there on account that I am an idiot and moved across the country last June, plus I work that night… Still, I really hope all my friends can make it out for this night full of some amazing bands that include some of my best buddies. This is the show that you need to be at. Tell everyone.
Leave it to Black Numbers to gather up some kick-ass pop-punk/post-hardcore bands and drop a sweet split release on vinyl and CD. At 8 tracks long, the 4-way split features a pair of tracks from Grey Area, The Copyrights, The Reveling, and Luther. The result is a great listen by a group of bands that have been having no difficulty getting noticed lately.
The release was dropped earlier this year, but I kind of fell of the face of Earth, so my apologies in advance. Shall we continue?
NYC’s the Grey Area started off the split with “Lucky”, a pepped up punk rock track that easily reached back to the 90s punk rock scene. This song was amazing and perfect for opening up the album. Following was “Bad Anything”, a track that reminded me of Dag Nasty in a good good way. Having not been too well versed with this band prior to listening, I know what I am going to be doing once I finish this review up.
Brooklyn’s The Reveling was another band I have not gotten into just yet, but of course after hearing their tracks on this release, I intend to change that. “Trust Me” sounded of The Menzingers at times but not in a bad way at all. The song was a little too quick for me and seemed to just drop, but all was well once “Its Time To Ride” kicked in. I must say, I was impressed with what I heard and can’t wait to hear more.
Do I really need to say anything about The Copyrights? Most of you probably know what they are all about already, but still, this is a review so I will at least tell you all that they are from Illinois and they rule. “The New Frontier” was easily the hardest sounding track in the split. Never ceasing to amaze me, they dropped “Straight To The Office” from 90s punkers Scared Of Chaka. The cover was great in my opinion and I hope more kids will check out Scared Of Chaka after hearing the cover.
Philly’s Luther put out one of my favorite EPs last year, so I may sound a little biased here, but their offerings on this split were killer. “Sixty-One” was likable the moment the signing kicked in. Seriously, this track was fun from start to finish and just more proof how talented this band is. “The Door Is A Penthouse” impressed me as well. I told you I probably was going to sound biased, didn’t I?
This split is a great dose of 4 hard-working bands that I feel one day will be all over the music scene. Thanks to Black Numbers for putting together such an excellent 4-way split. Having played the split over and over since I got it, it’s easy for me to think that fans of punk rock of all types will dig this regardless if they know any of the bands on the cover or not.
The split is available on CD, LP, and digital download. What the hell are you waiting for? Go grab you one! Rumor has it you actually appear to be cooler once you have a copy in your hand. Just saying…
Philadelphia pop punkers Luther recently dropped an EP titled Siblings & Sevens on Black Numbers Records. This is the bands first official release and I must say, it’s catchy as hell. Having formed just about a year ago, the band has a great sound to them that compares to The Menzingers, Get Up Kids, and even a little Superchunk. The EP may only be seven songs, but each song proved this band has the potential of being a big deal.
The acoustic “Siblings” opens up the EP with a gentle, quick start. Reminding me a lot of something The Riot Before might throw into one of their albums, I loved the song, especially the lyrics, but it just seemed to just stop. This melodic song alone impressed me even if I felt the guitar was set down too soon. “This Is Light Fight Club” immediately took over and set the level for the rest of the EP. I loved the breakdown during this track that really reminded me of the 90s rock I used to adore. The lyrics on this track begged to be sung along with as well.
“The Suitor” was without a doubt my favorite track on this EP. Starting off like an old Gaslight Anthem song, it jumped into a tough track. Carrying a lot of Jawbox similarities, it even had a nice little bridge in the middle with “tell me you don’t want this, tell me you can’t remember” repeating after. At just over 5 minutes and if I had it my way, would have gone on for 5 more. I may have been impressed before, but after hearing this track, I was a confirmed fan.
“There’s Always Money” actually featured fellow Philadelphian Tom May of The Menzingers. I could not help but imagine this song being played in a cramped, humid basement of some random house full of excitable kids. The gritty, raw singing just fit in well and was far from an overproduced punk rock song. “The Communion” on the other hand leaned towards more indie rock, almost a Jimmy Eat World feel. Good song, but not one of my choice tracks by far. “Aztec Tomb” finished up the EP with a lasting punk imprint as well as some group vocals at the end leaving me wanting more.
I am really looking forward to seeing what these guys have to offer on their full length release. I have the feeling that they will not be wasting any time making that happen. Siblings & Sevens as far as I am concerned is just a sample of of their talent. The band has been touring like crazy (see below for dates) and will actually playing Cleveland on November 14th with Tom May (The Menzingers) at Now That’s Class. It’s safe to say I will be there that night.