Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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New Music Video: "Trench Mouth" - Heavy Medical

Would you rather have a pizza party or beer party? If you're thinking pizza-beer party, then experience what that'd be like with the guys from Heavy Medical in the new music for their track "Trench Month," which is part of the group's latest demo EP Constant Disappointment. After checking it out, do you think that they're the best dudes or the worst dudes to party with? Ha...we'll say the former as long as they're not doing it in our homes.


Psychic Teens, Heavy Medical & Pinkwash Opening for Weed at Golden Tea House July 1

Tonight, Golden Tea House offers you a chance to embrace the darkness. Kicking off an abbreviated run of dates, the trio of Psychic Teens usher in a noisy littered-filled musicality, building a creepy avalanche of anticipatory danger that makes their full-throttled instrumental approach an exhilarating horror film meets rollercoaster hybrid - a horror-coaster if you will. Heavy Medical will be joining the proceedings with their all-out sludgy, sledgehammer noise-punk, continuously smashing forward in conquest mode. The tandem of Ashley Arnwine (Bleeding Rainbow) and Joey Doubek (Hume) will also be combining forces to become Pinkwash, releasing an energetic experimental punk EP Your Cure Your Soil. Vancouver’s grunge rockers Weed close out the evening of heaviness in West Philly. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5 - $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita.

New Heavy Medical Demo EP Available for Streaming

"We are back! Just FYI We are still a fucking band!!!! Here is proof!" Heavy Medical’s new three-song demo EP Constant Disappointment comes at you in full-on attack mode. The penetrating percussion smashing away, vocals tearing through in that authoritative pissed off perspective. It’s an unrelenting release of aggression forcefully tumbling down a steep hill headed right for you. Heavy Medical will be performing next in Philly on Wednesday, June 25 at Kung Fu Necktie. They also have plans to release new material and do a couple of small tours this summer.


Drums Like Machine Guns Ready to Do Some Damage at KFN May 21

Harsh vibes (not the band) will be coming at you all night at Kung Fu Necktie this evening, and conjuring up the spirits of eardrums lost will be experimental noise duo Drums Like Machine Guns. It's pretty impressive or pretty sad that besides a handful of YouTube clips you can only find the group's tracks online at an ancient MySpace page. Well, we are pretty sure that Drums Like Machine Guns aren't very concerned about building their fanbase. In fact, they might actually derive a bit of pleasure from scaring them away. And tonight, you'll also find other local cohorts trying to test your aural pain threshold. Heavy Medical will be sending a barrage of sonic body blows to the gut, after Pale Shelter, a trio made up of members from Fight Amp, Bubonic Bear, and Braille. They'll play host Brooklyn noise-pop outfit VAZ and Portland, Oregon via San Francisco sludge crew Prizehog. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $7, 21+ - Alexis V. 

Heavy Medical Helping to Release Some Father’s Day Aggression at PhilaMOCA June 16

If you happen to hear some loud, strange noises coming from PhilaMOCA tonight, don’t be afraid. It’s just sludgy, noise rockers Heavy Medical tearing shit up. The former duo now trio lay down bludgeoning beats while unapologetically attempting to tear your face off (in a good way if that is possible). They’ll be hosting a pair Japanese acts, Tacobonds and Groundcover, who will certainly be adding to the chaos that will be found in the former mausoleum this evening. Also visiting town will be Baltimore’s Echo Hey Hello. If you need to let out some aggression after spending the day with your family or just hate Father’s Day because it reminds you of the asshole who was never there for you, this show is a good place to let out some steam. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $7 - $10, All Ages - Alexis V.



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