by Jimmy Eberle
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 pm., then it's go time in the pit. One, Two, Fuck You!
This typical summer night will be known as the show where dorky St. Louis post-punks struck back against staring at their record/vhs collections at home. Lemuria plays a 20-30 minute set of songs that all sound like the Sealab 2021 theme song, if it was expanded on and taken seriously. Little Rock's the See bring the gloom, then paint it black and thick. Trauma Harness is going to insist that they don't play with dolls, they play with action figures. Times Beach (ex Masculine Journey/current Totally Gay Cop) will blow your ear drums out and you'll still see the ridiculous amount of musicianship, noise, and pop sensibility.
This is one of many of Nighthawk's alcohol-fueled, pop-punk parties to be hosted throughout the summer of 2013. Bring your leather jackets and chucks, then ditch them in the dumpster and party naked at the Firebird until the cops come and ruin your life. Toys That Kill plays great garage rock influenced pop-punk (the singer kind of sounds like the guy from Cocksparrer). The Jetty Boys do an enthusiastic, early '90s-era Screeching Weasel impression. The Deecracks play Dillinger Four-esque jams about drinking too much and drinking way too much...and Belgium. The Deforesters, from Toronto, pull off the Alkaline Trio-ish sound well, throwing in overwhelmingly mob-like group vocals. The Haddonfields are going to play a million songs in twenty minutes and then steal your girlfriends.
Here's yet another chance to get your aggression out in the middle of a hot summer week. Merchandise (ex-Cult Ritual) is one of the most hyped bands on Earth right now, with good reason. The band's reverb-y post-punk is dance-y and anthemic, nut people still headwalk and slam dance to it. Wet Hair is coming from Iowa City to meet your noisy/synth-y needs. Kisser comes off like the soundtrack to a drug-induced paranoia breakdown. Times Beach are a raw pop band. The Thumbsuckers are coming down from Chicago (also ex-Masculine Journey) to upstage Times Beach and continue the Cain and Abel feud between the brothers Plant.