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April 2014
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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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.


New Track: "2" - Heavy Medical

Below is a new track from noise rockers Heavy Medical called "2" that should snap you out of your Monday daze. GOOD MORNING!


Fear Tinnitus w/Heavy Medical, Xanax & Drums Like Machine Guns at KFN March 6

Sludge purveyors Heavy Medical are planning another ambush with their battalion of all things noise and mayhem. Ready for the promised destruction that could only be brought on by a bass guitar swallowing two drum kits? Yeah, most people aren’t. Along with them will be my new favorites, the ever so explosive Xanax. This project boasts a lineup featuring members of +HIRS+, Saetia, Des Ark, and Amateur Party, but despite the orgy of sound suggested through previous text, this band wants one thing: to burn down the building with its chunky, punching bass, violent guitars, and piercing howls. Also in tandem will be the brothers of noise Drums Like Machine Guns. Check out this blast beat brigade upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Please, don’t forget your earplugs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $3, 21+ - Ed Newton


Weekend Warrior, November 16 - 18

Get bloody and bruised tonight at Kung Fu Necktie with locals Heavy Medical and Nothing supporting Toronto’s Metz (Sub Pop). It’ll be an evening where you’ll travel through the land of noise rock, float in a cloud of shoegaze, and go full throttle into a wall of flesh with some Canuck punk. Yeah, I’m hearting on Metz these days so I’ll see you in the pit. Fuck yeah! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.
More haps going on this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Head & The Hand Launch Party w/The Great Unknown, Johnny Showcase, DJ Slowpoke (Birdie Busch), SAT The Bailey Hounds, SUN Residuel
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Nothing, Heavy Medical, (Upstairs) Ashencult, Pissgrave, SAT Sunset Recorder, (Upstairs) Strawman, SUN Spacin', The Residuels
Voyeur (1221 St. James St.) FRI Making Time
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Byways, SAT +Church+, HogMaw, The Wounded Healers, Victoria Spaeth and The Spaeth Cadets, SUN W.C. Lindsay
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Donuts, Morning River Band, The Knife and Fork Band, SAT Hidden Lights, The Stammer, SUN G. Calvin Weston, GhettoSongBird
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hidden Lights, Katie Becker and The Brick Layers, SAT Ronald Reagan? The Actor?, Agent Moosehead, Impressionist
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SUN Aiden James
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Internal Ailment, (Downstairs) Travia, Reckless Behavior, Sick Trust
Electric Factory (421 N, 7th St.) FRI The Wonder Years
Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Turning Violet Violet, SUN Julie Charnet and Her Quartet
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Jersey Corn Pickers, SAT Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Beru Revue
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, SUN Dan Blacksberg
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SUN Sadgiqacea, Sunburster
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI John & Brittany, SAT The Wayside Shakeup, Dime Street Joker, The Beta Phase, SUN Franco Olivo Alto Voltaje, El Malito, Franco Olivo, Papo Gely, DJ Rahsaan, Tiva Tiva
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT BAA RAM EWE, 2nd Opinion
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Hollenlarm, Chimpgrinder
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) SAT No Tolerance
Milkboy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Miners Record Release Show w/Shark Tape, SuperFive, SAT I Am Love, Brethren, Twin Ghost, Boog
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Hopscotch Jefferson, Matt Gauss Band, Transitshop, Meg Wilkinson, Danielle and Jennifer, SAT King Slugger, 58 Fury, The Tressel, The Gazettes
Double Deuce (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) SAT New Miseries, Cavities, Passage
Sprinkle Kingdom (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) SAT Marietta, Little Pirouettes, Triceratopolis, Pill Friends
Dreamcastle (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more info.) SUN Bad Braids

Heavy Medical Get Loud at Pilam Aug. 18

When I initially heard about Heavy Medical, I first checked their Facebook and found their cover photo to be two guys grinning knowingly covered in some gory fake blood, and thought “hey, these guys look pretty cool.” Intrigued, I went to Youtube and discovered a video of one of their basement practices. Through careful examination, I found that they were a band of two bass players and two drummers and that they play heavy fucking hardcore, and thought “holy goddamn shit, this is awesome!!!” So in summation, I’m here to tell you that Heavy Medical are on a bill with Fight Amp, Bubonic Bear, and Cassils tonight at Pilam, and it’s going to be loud - like, the kind of loud you imagine the chanting armies of Mordor being - and that you oughta go because it's also gonna be pretty damn sweet. Pilam, 3914 Spruce Street, 8pm, $5, All Ages - Adam Downer




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