Show Review: URSULA, Feral Jenny, Trophy Knife @ Lasthaus (12/13/14)

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Bands: LAST FEST featuring: Speedy Ortiz, IAN, Couples Counseling, Dent, The Sulk Scouts, URSULA, Feral Jenny, Trophy Knife, Ellen-Siberian Tiger, Trashbaby
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Venue: Lasthaus (Allston, MA)

There was an all day music festival held on this day known as LAST FEST organized by Casey Herz among others. These are the bands that KLYAM saw at the fest…

Trophy Knife – Trophy Knife is Mona Maruyama on “vocals n floor tom” and H. Rose Parry on “guitar n loops.” Mona wears a ski mask and shrieks and smashes the floor tom while Rose shreds each chord. Together, the sound is harrowing and deranged, appropriately complementing the music’s disturbing subject matter. All or most of the songs seem to be in reference to sexism, rape, and general violence against women.

At one point in the set Mona initiates the whole crowd in chanting the word “YES.” She goes on to say “That is the sound of affirmative  consent. This next song is about Bill Cosby.” She often sings and speaks directly to audience members and the set as a whole is equally exciting as it is uncomfortable. The band is locked in the performance and they have the people under emotional arrest. This is also one of their first shows I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) and I look forward to seeing where they go from here. http://ttrophyknife.bandcamp.com/releases

Feral Jenny – I was recently having a conversation with my good buddy Anthony about our favorite current bands and Anthony mentioned Feral Jenny, a band I had never heard before. He saw them play a show at Church with IAN (who is playing their last Boston show later tonight), Flat Swamp, and Gracie a little while back and was apparently blown away. Soon thereafter, co-KLYAMER Glen started listening to Feral Jenny and echoed Anthony’s notions, so I finally said let’s give it a go. Needless to say, I’ve been listening to the Feral Jenny bandcamp ever since, anticipating seeing the band for the very first time tonight.

I’m glad my first time seeing Feral Jenny is at a house space such as one right here at the Lasthaus. Feral Jenny’s set helps give off those warm, fuzzy feelings that I often feel in this kind of atmosphere. The band itself features Jenny on vocals and guitar and she’s backed by two other chums on bass and drums. They have some garage rock leanings with a fair amount of dream pop. It’s like if Elliott Smith, Jay Reatard, and Bradford Cox had a baby. Wow, that would be an interesting night.

I’m still somewhat of a newbie to the Feral Jenny, but I’m really digging “Say The Word” and “Law  & Order,” both of which are played tonight. For the last song or second to last song, I can’t remember, the band does a switcheroo and everyone trades instruments, with Jenny on the drums. Check out Feral Jenny here: http://feraljenny.bandcamp.com/
Set-List:
“Do Right By Me”
“Say The Word”
“You Let Me Fall”
“Let It Rot”
“Law & Order”
New Song
“It Makes Me Sick”

URSULA – Glen and  I are massive URSULA fangirls. It’s hard to describe our excessive fandom, it sometimes freaks out lame people. URSULA comprises of Sonam on drums and Caity on vocals and guitar. Thus far, we’ve seen them only in Boston basements, such as this place and I’ve seen them here three times now. The pair tear through a sheering, slimy set filled with songs about watching Home Alone and something about your fucking mother. I particularly adore Caity’s ravenous yalps. Always get me.

Sonam gets everyone singing MOTHERFUCKER MOTHERFUCKER MOTHERFUCKER from their monster hit “Cavegrrl.” Motherfucker, that’s a funny word when you think about it. Like goldfish and Milwaukee.

There’s an odd, off kilterish vibe to their music. It’s sort of simple and rough around the edges, but that’s part of the charm. It’s minimal and messy. They’re a young band and you can feel the magic (which I usually can’t) and the ambition you can only find when a project is in its infancy. It’s exciting. http://ripursula.bandcamp.com/

Hey some videos shot by the man himself Ethan LLoonngg:

 

Music Video: The Monsieurs – “Young Gun”


Sick! If you’re a rock ‘n’ roll nut (why wouldn’t you be?) then The Monsieurs are just what the doctor ordered. Raw and nasty rock ‘n’ roll with a pinch of bubbleyum sweetness. All on display here in this new music video for “Young Gun,” a tune that appears on their new record out on Black Gladiator/Slovenly.

Record Release show this Friday at the Cantab Lounge with Nice Guys and Free Pizza: https://www.facebook.com/events/542009525942992/?ref=br_tf

Live Vid: SKIMASK @ Death By Audio (11/5/14)


Last week co-KLYAMER Glen saw the man man Ty Segall at Death By Audio; one of the final shows held at the Brooklyn venue before it closes its doors forever. I myself never had the pleasure of attending one of their shows, but at least I can live vicariously through this video of the one and only SKIMASK tearing shit up at DBA a few weeks ago. Shot by Sixdust NYC Music.

Music Video: Robot Death Kites – “Sleep Deprived”


AWWWW Fuck yeah, the TRL premiere for Rainbow Dream Kittenns errr ROBOT DEATH KITES’ insomniac anthem “Sleep Deprived.” A number I can relate to all too well, safe to say you probably can too.

If you like what you see/hear from this Brooklyn based band, then check out the whole EP Yuppie Nightmare here: https://robotdeathkites.bandcamp.com/album/yuppie-nightmare

Review: JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, The Monsieurs @ The Sinclair (10/17/14)

JEFF
Flier by Alina Sabirianova

Written by Joanna Trachtenberg

I knew from off the bat that this show was gonna be wicked. Megashredders JEFF the Brotherhood and Megarippers Diarrhea Planet. Opening were the local power trio The Monsieurs. Their brand of trashy lofi garage punk excited the crowd. Their singer, Andy MacBain had quite the swag as well. They just put out a new album and for sure it will win them a Grammy in 2015. They have a lot more shows around the area so czech them out!

Next up was the band that I will affectionately refer to as the Shittiest Band In America. Yes that’s right it is Diarrhea Planet! This was my first time seeing them which I am kind of surprised because they have come around quite a few times. They have 4 different guitarists riffing it at once. This also makes them super loud. Their stage moves rival Andy MacBain’s for best of the night. During one song their had their friend, photographer Pooneh Ghana play with them on stage and they showed her all the moves. They ended their set by taking us all back to the summer of 1997 by covering Third Eye Blind’s Semi Charmed Life. I must say they totally killed it with their violent diarrhea.

Diarrhea Planet Set List:
Raft Nasty
The Sound of My Ceiling Fan
Separations
Ghost With A Boner
Orange Girls
Lite Dream
Kids
Semi-Charmed Life

DP LIVE VID!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4apmBwWXkA

JEFF the Brotherhood aren’t their normal selves any more. They are no longer a duo (or at least live they no longer are.) They are a four piece band now and they played the whole show as a four piece. Last time I saw them they played half the show as a duo and the other half as a four piece. I miss the simplicity of them just being a duo. I just felt it worked better for them. They still sounded quite tight though. They did a number of my favorite songs of theirs such as Melting Place, Heavy Krishna & U Got the Look. They even threw in a few covers of Beck’s Totally Confused (which appears on their new covers ep Digs the Classics) and Rush’s Working Man (which does not) As always JTB get a great crowd in Boston. For their last song, the aforementioned Rush cover they brought out The Wizard. The Wizard sang as JEFF played. For some reason I knew it was going to be a magical night from the beginning and this just topped it off. Afterwards I shot the shit with a few members of Diarrhea Planet and they told me how they recently got high with Rikky from White Fang/The Memories

JEFF The Brotherhood Set List:
Voyage
Mellow Out
Melting Place
Heavy Krishna
U Got the Look
Black Cherry Ale
Totally Confused
Bummer
Staring at the Wall
Hey Friend
Sixpack
What’s A Creep
The Ripper
Working Man

NOTS on Memphis Live TV


YO YO YO! Spend the next seven minutes rocking out with NOTS Live on Memphis TV from a few weeks ago.

And hey, don’t be a damn fool and miss these NOTS on their upcoming tour:
SAT 11/8 – Memphis, TN @ Buccaneer (tour kickoff show) w/ Black Abba and Buldgerz
TUE 11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ CBGB’s
WED 11/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Minibar
THU 11/13 – Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop w/ Digital Leather, Coaxed
FRI 11/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ ShitBiscuit w/ Solid Attitude, Claps
SAT 11/15 – Madison, WI @ Turkey Fest w/ The Hussy, Digital Leather
SUN 11/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Circle A w/ Olives
MON 11/17 – Chicago, IL @ Bric-A-Brac (in-store)
MON 11/17 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Dream Police
TUE 11/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Kismet w/ Raw McCartney
WED 11/19 – Detroit, MI @ Painted Lady (Timmy’s Taco Night) w/ Feelings
THU 11/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Obnox, Kill the Hippies
FRI 11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ tBA
SAT 11-22 – New Brunswick, NJ @ TBA w/ pebbles (message us for the address)
SUN 11/23 – Jersey City, NJ – WFMU ON THE AIR
SUN 11/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades w/ Degreaser
MON 11/24 – Allie’s Birthday!
TUE 11/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch w/ Abandos
WED 11/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
FRI 11/28 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Zoners, Slugga
SAT 11/29 – Oxford, MS @ Cats Purring Dude Ranch
MON 12/1 – Memphis, TN w/ Blind Shake
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