The Future Everybody @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 5.27.2011

In the future, everybody will go to TT’s and listen to catchy sets of power pop. Even if the band goes on first. And it’s a holiday weekend. And there’s a big sporting event going on. And there’s an almost five year old that will probably wake everybody in the house up at five o’clock in the morning.

For me, the future is now. Or, more precisely, the future was this past Friday.

And now, some pictures of The Future Everybody…

The New Dumb – You’re Welcome (2011)

The New Dumb
You’re Welcome

The New Dumb have a new mini-EP available for your enjoyment. What’s a mini-EP? Two songs. It’s a free download. Why not give it a listen? You might like it. What does it sound like? Sort of like early The Get Up Kids meets the Buzzcocks. It’s got spunk. “Nihlist Wishlist” gets stuck in my head.*

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*The spelling of “Nihlist Wishlist” may be a typo or it might be intentional. I don’t know. Do you? Either way I like the song.

Static Of The Gods @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 5.20.2011

The sound reverberates for a moment within the walls of TT’s before being absorbed by the mass of people huddled before the stage. Can they feel it? The sound? The moment?

This is a celebration for the release of Static Of The God’s new EP, The Midnight Fires. There are a full range of emotions on display tonight. There is certainly the mutual appreciation between band and audience, but there’s something heavy in the air, as well. It all comes out in the performance. Music as therapy. A weight lifted. Beat beat beat.

Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion! – Undead In The Fallout Shelter (2010)

Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!
Undead In The Fallout Shelter

Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion! recorded Undead In The Fallout Shelter live on WUML last summer. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one. If a band that sounds like Dick Dale and The Ventures with touches of Texas twang, punk, and rockabilly sounds like it might be up your alley, you should probably check this out, because it’s good.

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The Future Everybody – It Takes Nothing (2011)

The Future Everybody
It Takes Nothing

The Future Everybody know how to do power pop. “Amy (Don’t Blame Me)” makes that evident right from the start of their new EP, It Takes Nothing. There’s a horn arrangement in the chorus that’s absolutely spot on. It’s unexpected, but not the least bit out of place. “Pictures Of You” and “Strings” keep things snappy. There are bop-baddas, witty lyrics, clever bridges and memorable melodies.

It Takes Nothing closes with “Immortal”. The Mellotron-like intro is a nice touch. It’s the little things like this that make a good power pop record. In this case, though, it’s Nate Rogers’ man-unhinged lyrics that puts the song over the top.

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Endless Wave @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 5.20.2011

Endless Wave chose this Friday night at TT’s to celebrate the release of their new LP, Notes From The Compound. I want to call their set “cosmic” for some reason. Hmmm. Seems to fit.

Endless Wave’s set was cosmic.

Static Of The Gods – The Midnight Fires (2011)

Static Of The Gods
The Midnight Fires

Static Of The Gods have never shied away from the melancholic or atmospheric. On The Midnight Fires they continue to paint dreamy landscapes for Jen Johnson’s vocals to explore.

Opener “Lake Effect” picks up right where Knowledge Machine, the band’s previous effort, left off. A tense opening builds to a bit of a frenzy before giving way to the sentimental “Collectors”. “Hauntings” is fairly stripped down. The usual layers of synthesizers are pulled back, allowing a fuzzy riff to roll the song along before picking up the tempo half way through.

Static Of The Gods leave us with the EP’s finest moment. “Beat Beat Beat” sways and breathes. It’s a song you feel as much as hear. The buzz subsides.

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