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April 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm$15 – $20
The Goddamn Gallows, w/:
- Koffin Kats
- Against the Grain
- The Native Howl
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Doors = 7:00 pm
Tickets = $15 (here), $20 at the door
Fusing the swing of classic rockabilly with the hot-wired energy and ghoulish imagery of the Misfits, Detroit’s the Koffin Kats prove that high-octane psychobilly is still alive and kicking in the American Midwest. The Koffin Kats were formed in 2003 by lead singer and upright bassist Vic Victor and guitarist/vocalist Tommy Koffin, who had been part of the Motor City punk scene for some time before trying their hands at the doom-struck twang of their punk-rockabilly fusion. The band has had a number of drummers come and go over the years, with Damian Detroit having the longest run (from 2003 to 2005); E-Ball Walls, who played with the Kats for a spell in 2003, rejoined the lineup in 2007. The trio released their first album, simply titled The Koffin Kats, in 2004, and hit the road in support of the record. Since then, the Koffin Kats have maintained a busy tour schedule, frequently gigging on the West Coast as well as closer to home, and have released two more long-players, 2005’s Inhumane and 2006’s Straying from the Pack. (Source)
The Goddamn Gallows
The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America’s Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of th Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as “hobocore”, “gypsy-punk” or “americana-punk”, while never being stuck in any one sound.
The Goddamn Gallows continue to rapidly grow a devoted following with their volatile and spectacular live shows; a contagious, spontaneous eruption of unpredictability. (Source)
Against the Grain
Living up to the title of their newest record, Against the Grain have proven themselves to be true warriors of the road. Blazing through the US with their brand of gear-shifting balls-to-the-wall music that incorporates all things heavy – ATG defies categorization as they seamlessly blur the lines of punk, rock, doom and thrash.
With the release of their first self-titled full-length in 2009, ATG was an immediate hit – garnering an intensive local fanbase playing 50 shows throughout Michigan. With their intense live show and energized fanbase they were introduced to touring life by Hellmouth and The Meatmen, and began their transformation into a fully-functioning road act. The boys in ATG have yet to look back.
After 75 dates in 2011, ATG followed up with 2012’s Motor City Speed Rock and 150 dates in support.
Their efforts caught the attention of Self-Destructo Records, who in 2013 released their 3rd full-length, Surrounded By Snakes to such acclaim that they re-leased Motor City Speed Rock on 10” as well.
Maintaining a DIY tour ethic, ATG built a national fanbase with their bare hands – quenching the thirst for fast and heavy rock and roll throughout the land. With 650 dates and counting since hitting the road in 2011, ATG has also toured alongside an impressive assemblage of notable acts including – Nashville
Pussy, Valient Thorr, Church of Misery, Guttermouth, The Meatmen, The Koffin Kats, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Bongzilla, Atomic Bitchwax, Night Demon, Black Cobra Zoroaster, Hellmouth, The Hookers, Beast in the Field, Lo-Pan and shared the stage with Zeke, St. Vitus, Orange Goblin, Electric Frankenstein, Agent Orange and many more.
ATG’s heavily anticipated 4th full length entitled Road Warriors is set to release on July 31st on Self-Destructo, and is primed to stake the claim for this Motor City combo’s place in the world of all things rock and roll. (Source)
The Native Howl
Lead vocalists and guitarists Alex Holycross and Jake Sawicki had been friends and musicians in the same area for several years before venturing into what would result in the current lineup of The Native Howl. In the fall of 2013, primarily as a duo, they released a 6 song EP, “The Revolution’s Dead.” With the addition of Josh LeMieux on drums, and Mark Chandler on bass, the Howl’s music has evolved into their own unique blend of rock, folk, bluegrass, alternative, and experimental genres. Throw in some keyboards, harmonica, banjo, some djembe, and you get a glimpse of the musical complexity that defines their sound. Their lyrics embody a folk-like storytelling style; the music shines through with a rustic and clean sound. (Source)