Bottled Up, Bike Thiefs
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Cup began as the solo recording project of current guitar player and singer Tym Wojcik, a Polish American drummer living in Queens, NY, and has now morphed into a full four piece psych/garage/punk band with Freddie Wyss on bass, Chad Sardashti on synth, and Kelsey Chapstick on drums.
Distorted, simple guitar riffs reminiscent of 80s punk, Help-era Oh Sees, Slaughterhouse-era Ty Segall, layered with dark synths, bright delayed vocals, and driving rhythms. Songs about menace that comes from without, from within, about looking around the world from your own personal head, about being a person with another person, with people everywhere doing things. About changing into the same person over and over again.
"The strongest component that separates Cup from most of their garage rock peers is the sheer revelry of weirdness and decadence lying behind the surface of these songs... With the gain way in the red and the decibel levels raised to all hell, it’s very apparent that Cup is primed to melt plenty of faces this year" -Post-Trash
"It’s a blast of wiry post-punk doled out in jagged, glammy shards" -Paste Magazine
Bottled Up is a new surf/goth power-pop quintet from DC. RIYL Oh Sees, Shannon and the Clams, Pujol, or the Growlers. Their first release "Bottled Up" came out in May, 2017 and was released on tape by Maximum Pelt records in Chicago. Originally started in the Bay Area with former members of the Shari La La's, the band's lead singer moved to D.C. to get his life together. Currently performing live in DC w/ Alex Dahms (drums), Colin Kelly (bass/vox) former Young Rapids, James Dietz (synth/vox) also in Forces, and Mike Mastrangelo (guitar/vox) former MAG, and Nikhil Rao (guitar/vox).
Comprised of bassist Kris Pandierada, drummer Andrew Fasken, and Guitarist/Vocalist Marko Woloshyn, Toronto’s Bike Thiefs absorb music as quickly as one would expect from a group of millennial audiophiles. Pandeirada cut his teeth writing hip hop beats in his basement, Woloshyn holed up in his room wringing the ink out of Elliott Smith sheet music and Fasken immersed himself in the world of 2000s post-punk, booking shows and playing in a handful of hardcore bands.
Bike Thiefs are a chatty post-punk band that has drawn comparisons to rock stalwarts Fugazi and Constantines as well as more contemporary acts like Parquet Courts and METZ. The band has been featured in national publications such as Exclaim!, New Noise Magazine and Impose Magazine, who called the band “different from anything you’ve probably ever heard.” Bike Thiefs have also been featured in Live In Limbo and IDIOTEQ. Over the past two years, Bike Thiefs have toured across Canada and The East and Midwestern United States and have opened for several national acts including Moneen, The Dirty Nil and Duchess Says. The band’s latest release, Lean Into It, was recorded with Josh Korody (Fucked Up, The Dirty Nil, Weaves) at Toronto’s Candle Recording.
Lean Into It is communal music. The white knuckle rhythm section leaves enough room for Woloshyn’s exuberant vocals and guitar feedback without letting him trip over his own jokes. On Lean Into It, the band has shied away from throat tearing vocals and hair flipping riffs in exchange for matter of fact speak-sing vocals and hypnotic drums, making for a band that would much rather be sincere than intense.