In The Black Box: YNOT Presents
Death by Unga Bunga
The GTVs, Pilkington
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19108
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Death by Unga Bunga
2016 looks like being DBUB's most prolific year so far. They released their fourth album, «Pineapple Pizza», in March, and September 9th they will re-issue their debut album, «Juvenile Jungle», and simultaneously issue four brand new songs on the EP «Fight!». Three releases in one year should justify a few pats on the back, but still the band have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
A common misconception is that DBUB are leaning heavily on the retro rock trend, and in particular good old garage rock. It's been a while since the boys listed The Sonics as their main source of inspiration, and people who have followed the band the last couple of years obviously know that they've grown to become one of Norway's best power pop/-rock bands. And let it be said: Not many bands make cooler riffs and choruses than DBUB right now.
After «Pineapple Pizza» was released earlier this year, the band have mainly been on the road, and especially in the US. The Americans welcomed them with open arms, and they were added by more than one hundred radio stations. This made them one of the most played bands on American college radio. Their fans are screaming for more, and that's just what DBUB intend to give them!
On «Fight!» you get four new songs, with the guitar distorted to the max and with melodies that you're guaranteed to sing along to at your next party. The EP's title do not describe the band's love for fist fights or meaningless quarrels, but it's rather a tribute to the fight for quality music. Because quality music exists, and DBUB is a steady supplier of just that.
Sam Steinig: Lead Vocals, Organ/Piano
Patrick Crowling: Bass, Vocals
Vince Duane: Guitar, Vocals
Ron Wandover: Drums
Portions of this bio written by Mark Deming for All Music Guide
After Philadelphia garage rock heroes Mondo Topless finally called it a day in 2011, keyboard man and group leader Sam Steinig wasted no time launching a new project, and the GTVs show he's taken his love of cool sounds from the past and headed out in a new direction. On their debut album, Sh'Bang!, the GTVs start with the raunchy guitars and booming drums of vintage garage rock and fuse them with classic soul and R&B influences, with Steinig making like Booker T. Jones, Alan Price, or Felix Cavaliere on the Hammond organ as the group writes hard-grooving tunes like "Left Me on the Corner" and "Mind the Gap." While folks who have followed Steinig's work in the past will recognize his stamp on this music, the GTVs are clearly a band and not just someone's backing crew.
The latest incarnation of the band can hold down the backbeat, heat up the dancefloor, or push these songs into high gear as the situation demands. The album has the open, natural sound of a live-in-the-studio session, and Sh'Bang! suggests this is a band that knows how to move a crowd -- there's plenty of sweat and soul in these performances, and if the music often looks to the past, the energy and attitude come from the 21st century and is as up to date as your next party. Folks who dug Mondo Topless will certainly find lots to like in the GTVs, but if you're down with the retro-soul scene or just dig R&B-flavored music that will let you wind it up on the dancefloor, you should put Sh'Bang! on your shopping list pronto.