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Fight Amp

Weekend Warrior, November 11 - 13

The assemblage of Mike McGinnis, Jon DeHart, and Dan Smith, otherwise known as Fight Amp, announced a few months back that they are going on an indefinite hiatus. So tonight’s show at Kung Fu Necktie may represent the trio’s final Philly performance. One thing is certain; the band will be bringing their focused brand of heaviness - the type that oozes with deep, churning, rhythmic discontent. That purposeful, pulsating, noisy instrumentation quakes, teaming with an ominous vocal snarl that brews a strong batch of sludge-rock. The unfiltered, raucous rattling of post-hardcore quartet Legendary Divorce ushers in an air of intensity to open the proceedings. Fellow Reptilian Records brethren and Baltimore-based noise-rock trio Multicult bridge the gap. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Steve Perrong) - Michael Colavita

More places to release some frustration this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Shy Boyz, Darko The Super, John Morrison, SUN Cold Fronts, Slingshot Dakota
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) Kevin Manning, SAT New Sound Brass Band, Jim Mitchell & The Repeat Offenders, SUN Mary Lattimore
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Spurs, Madalean Gauze
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Loafass, Lamplighters, Thee Minks, SAT Joe Kenney, Ryn Pascale, The Union, SUN Alexi, Bea Reed and Joey T
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Carroll (Record Release), Petunia
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Minas, SUN (Downstairs) June Divided
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Decap Attak, Clamfight, Brain Candle, SAT Stars Apart (Release Show), Metroplex, The Howling Fantods
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT PHNTMS
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Hound, Ape!
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI LullaNAs, SAT Michael Braunfeld
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stealing Fame, Taking October, SAT Super Bonanza, Fitzwater, Broken Prayers
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Ed Christof & Friends
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Questlove Supreme
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Alexis Cunningham, Tom’s Attic, Spicy Meatball, SAT Control For Smilers
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Box of Rain, Broken Arrow, SAT Swift Technique
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT The Great Swamps, Love Club, Snake Boy Gang, SUN Spill, Pine Barons, Past Life
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) FRI 8Static Fest: Pocky Bros, Auxcide, Cheap Dinosaurs, SAT 8Static Fest: Solarbear
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Laser Background, Purples
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Free Cake for Every Creature (solo)
The Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Surgeon, Necroscythe
Berks Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Profligate, Speaking Parts , Sommelier (DJ set)
Magic Pictures (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Dead Marshes
Community Futures Lab (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Afrofuturist Affair 6th Annual Charity & Costume Ball: Moor Mother, DJ Shango, Irreversible Entanglements, Marcelline Mandeng
Hotel Philafornia (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Starwood, Minka, Birthday Ponies
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sirius JuJu, Accretionist, Embarker
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Secret Nudist Friends, Rentboy, Along The Way, Thought Patterns
The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Anthrophobia, The Division
Century (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Bumfeeder

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN (12pm) Protest Festival 


Fight Amp 7" Release Show at Everybody Hits Oct. 1

The power trio of Fight Amp has been hard at work, and tonight at Everybody Hits, their embattled, intense sludge-noise rock combination smashes, celebrating the release of their new 7”. Available as the fourth installment of Reptilian Record’s Keystone Noise Series, “No Trace”/“Hide Your Teeth” were recorded during the same sessions that resulted in Constantly Off (Brutal Panda). The band exhibits a physical prowess that spills over with spellbinding focus, unleashing a raw and refined uppercut. Local doom-metal quintet HIVELORDS drag you deep into an experimental cavernous underbelly with their gloomy sonic exploits, while the riff-loaded roar of Sunburster stomps in, unleashing the heavy. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $7, All Ages (Photo by Freddie Ross) - Michael Colavita


New Music Video: "Happy Joyful Life" - Fight Amp

Sludge-metal trio Fight Amp has a new schizophrenic music video for the track "Happy Joyful Life," found on Constantly Off (Brutal Panda). The song features guest vocals by Multicult's Rebecca Burchette, and the video was edited by Matt McGinnis (of Headache Heroes). Fight Amp also has a new 7" for the Keystone Noise Series available via Reptilian Records, and the band's rescheduled release show will be happening this Thursday, October 1 at Everybody Hits. (Photo by Dante Torrieri)


New Track: "Hide Your Teeth" (Feat. Pat Troxell) - Fight Amp

Philly power trio Fight Amp are already gearing up to release a new two-song single on September 9 via Reptilian Records. On the follow-up to their album Constantly Off (Brutal Panda), you'll find the tracks "No Trace" and "Hide Your Teeth." The latter features guest vocals from former Fight Amp member/Creepoid's Pat Troxell, which you can stream below. Fight Amp will be celebrating their 7" release on the same night of its arrival at Underground Arts opening for EYEHATEGOD.


Fight Amp/KEN mode Record Release Tour at KFN June 19

The power trio of Fight Amp celebrates the release of their new record Constantly Off as its dual record release tour with Winnipeg’s KEN mode (who dropped their album, Success, earlier this week) rolls into Kung Fu Necktie. Constantly Off maintains an undeniable heaviness; however, the music moves with a distinct purpose. The band displays a ferocity but with an ear toward control. With that aim in mind, the combustible force, chainsaw-menacing guitars, thick, thudding, eerie bass and percussion pounces in a zooming in of immediacy. All that said, while fusing sludgy riff and rhythm combinations with vocals that can snarl without losing sight of melody. Fight Amp can knock you out, but has trained to go the distance. Ominously pursuing post-punk trio Psychic Teens opens the show, leaving the door cracked and daring you to look inside. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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