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Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

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March 28, 2015
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Heavy shoegaze quartet Nothing returns to Philly this evening at Underground Arts. The band has been on a nearly month-long tour obliterating music venues with noisy Miami stoner metal provocateurs Torche and Spanish black metal crew Wrong. Hopefully this time home will be a good chance for Nothing to work on the follow-up to last year’s beloved breakout album Guilty of Everything (Relapse). Come out, and celebrate the boys surviving another journey! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $18, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
More places to rock this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Belgrade
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI You You Dark Forest, SUN Dying
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Gondola, Beer Breakfast Dungeness Crab/Dogs on Acid, Clique/Flyherder, SAT (3pm) The Virus, Anti-Suburbians, Glory Dole/Disco Machine Gun/Good Company, SUN Fight Amp, The Company Corvette
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Nothing
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Creem Circus (CD Release), Jukebox Zeroes, Souldiers of Soul, Candy Volcano, SAT Foreverinmotion, Wild North, SUN Todd Fausnacht, Spelling Reform
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN (Balcony) Cute Girl From English, The Phonies, Electric Who?
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Motionless in White
 
Tower Theater (69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA) FRI The War on Drugs
 
Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Northern Arms
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Come + Talk 2 Me: A Soulidified Tribute
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus’ Older Brother, HighKick, The Wondershop Showdown, SAT Dirty Soap Blues Band, SUN RAD Benefit Concert: Pat (From Spraynard), Brian (From Victory In Numbers)
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Mock Suns, SAT Foxtrot and the Get Down, Lou, Big Terrible, SUN The Yetis, Little Strike
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Davey and The Chains, A Locomotive, SAT The Improbables, SUN Husky Bundles, St. James & The Apostles
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Poor Yorick, A Victim Of Good Times, SAT Railroad Fever, Johnny Miles
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Blair Bodine, Victoria Spaeth, Rachel Eve
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Mr. Charlie, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Uphevil, Scars Like These, Graces Downfall/Soraia, The Quixote Project, Megan Knight, SAT Moka , Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Garnika/Eric Reavey, Angela Burns, Taylor Ash, SUN (2pm) Bluebond Kids/Infused Miscreation, Lightning Arms
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI The Late Greats, Warbirds, Lamme, SAT Radio Eris, SUN Solus Rex, Magnificent Birds of Prey, Inconsiderate Bastards
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT First of Autumn, The Casual, Under This Fire, Rasan Allbritton, Memories of March
 
XO Lounge (1437 South St.) FRI Blue Coal, Generation Empty, Shithawks
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Justin Phillippi, Gavilán, Jahwula, SAT The Beta Phase, Stellar Belly, The Good Mess, Grand Strangers
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Billy Mungus Big Band, SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket, SUN Psych-A-Billy, Goose Creek Pioneers, Lovers League, Black Horse Motel
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Legs Like Tree Trunks, Robins
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT DRGN King, Dream Safari, Hello Shark
 
Creep Record (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) FRI Seeing Snakes, Evening River Band, Mt. Billions, The Cats
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Christopher Walking, Tribute, Languid Pennsylvania, Frontyards
 
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Snoozer, Pill Friends, Buster
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ghost Gum, The Retinas, SAT Mumblr, Marietta, Fake Boyfriend, Blue Smiley
 
Red Barns (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Repellers, Incisor
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dridge, The Brood
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Boroughs, +HIRS+, Knife Hits, Constraint
 
Mihouse  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Uncle/Father Oscar, Second Marriage
 
2nd Empire  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Dronez
 
LAVA Space  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Trophy Wife, Moor Mother Goddess, Rasheedah Phillips
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Whoosy Daisy
March 27, 2015
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Mt. Billions builds up like a volcano on the verge of eruption. Gradually churning swells of ominous tone with earth rattling pulses of bass reinforced by advancing percussion and guitars that distortedly ring through like sirens, and the vocals offer distressing echoes amid the impending disaster, developing a potent enveloping atmosphere that surrounds you in a layer of smoke unable to see the path, while using the slivers of guitar to cut through the haze and the bass lines as a homing device. Tonight, Mt. Billions is featured on a free billing, which also includes the steep sprinting pop-punk charge of Seeing Snakes. Evening River Band casts dense grey clouds overhead with their downtrodden folk that manifests serious storms lay ahead as electric guitar buzzes like lightning and backend rumbles. Lo-fi punk rockers The Cats' simple stampeding sound brings a transferable energy you’ll naturally consume, completing the lineup. Creep Records, 1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76, 7pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Ex-Placeholder frontman Brandon Gepfer has teamed up with former members of screamo crew We Were Skeletons to form Spill. The new project just premiered its debut single "Sucks Either Way," via Brooklyn Vegan. They also have plans to release an EP, and have already booked a few shows in their hometown of Lancaster, PA with Diarrhea Planet, Spraynard, NAH and more. 

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