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October 2014
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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Preview: White Mystery + Mister Tang at Bunk 11.1

The day after Halloween is the perfect time to gently nurse your hangover (with candy), wipe the residual makeup and fake blood off your body (with candy wrappers), kick your feet up (on your heap of candy), have a couple Reese’s for breakfast, snort some pixie stix and GET HYPER, MAN! Then bring all that sticky, sugary energy down to Bunk Bar (1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214) for some wacky and frenetic jollification with White Mystery, The Cry, Mister Tang, and DJ Andrew Loomis (of Dead Moon!).

Chicago’s own brother-sister powerduo White Mystery is a sludgy rock band best compared, fortuitously, to Nashville’s own brother-brother powerduo Jeff the Brotherhood. They play the same brand of cheeky, shreddy, fuzz-saturated, burners. Also they’re rocking the Orange amp so you can bet they’ll be playing heavy enough to have you involuntarily bowing down after a single power chord.

Have you ever noticed a group of 3-4 startlingly well-dressed neo-modsters with that Manchester haircut stalking local shows and wondered if they’re all in a band? That’s The Cry. Their ’60s inspired garage-pop is so sticky sweet you won’t be sure if its the music or the Jolly Ranchers in your ears. Afterward, Mister Tang will corrode said Jolly Ranchers out of those ears with their acidic, lo-fi, garage-punk jams.

To cap off the night, buy a damn sandwich and get something else in your system besides sugar for god’s sake. That shit’s bad for you.

Words by Bryce Woodcock. White Mystery photo by Alison Eden Copeland


Preview: Shred of the Dead 2014

There's an unnecessary push to party sometimes. During certain holidays, people expect you to GET OUT THERE and UNLEASH THE BEAST. Well, now there's an appropriate reason to do both of those things at the very least this upcoming weekend.

Over the course of three significant nights, October 30th through November 1st, Buzzface presents have curated a festival destined to live up to its name: Shred of the Dead.
 
Beginning on Thursday, October 30th, Dante's will host Tango Alpha Tango, The Grizzled Mighty, Fox and the Law and Foxy Lemon. The costume contest begins. Attendees will have a rare chance to wear whatever they want inside a place with a couple of catwalks and listen to amazing, heavier sounds from the Pacific Northwest.
 
Halloween night, Minden, Animal Eyes, the Lower 48, Cambrian Explosion and Chrome Lakes will play Star Theater. This is where the costume contest ends.
 
November 1st, White Mystery, the Cry and Mister Tang close the entire event with one final rager at Bunk Bar.
 
- Colette Pomerleau


Intimate Exposures Presents: Grandparents - Pill Spector

Here it is! The final piece of the first installment of Deli Portland's 'Intimate Esposures' audio/video series with our inaugural exposees, the Portland psychedelic pop rippers, Grandparents! Recorded by Adam Harney, and filmed by a wild pack of dslr owners with editing by Nick Gattman, enjoy Grandparents unreleased track "Pill Spector" performed live at the Aquarium House in NE Portland! Thanks again to Gilgamesh Brewing for the tasty suds you donated, and to everyone who helped make the production possible or came to party! Stay tuned for deets on the next IE rager we'll throw. Cheers!

- Travis Leipzig

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Sons of Huns Live at Devils Point 10.22

Some things are just meant to go together... mac and cheese; whiskey and fightin'; Yin and Yang; and of course Rock n' Roll and babes! This Wednesday night, The Devils Point strip club presents the latter: live, cut-throat, riff-heavy metal by Sons of Huns, who will be accompanied by the infamous badass, mowhawk yielding, tattood nudie dancer, Malice. The Huns are sure to fill out this small, single dance stage club with their raucous sounds and rowdy fans alike. Having spent a good chunk of the past year touring the States and playing with various huge names in the metal scene such as Andrew W.K, Danava, Kadavar, Graveyard, Wolfmother, and Saint Vitus to name a few, SOH only have a few remaining shows to play for us this year here in Portland before they hunker back down to record a follow up to their slaying debut album, Banishment Ritual. And what more could you ask for than such an intimate show with live nudes? 10pm, Wednesday night 10.22, $5 cover.

- Travis Leipzig

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