Psyko Steve & The Lunchbox Present
THE EXBATS, MAN HANDS, THE REBEL SET
4132 E McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
Formed nearly a decade ago in Vancouver, Canada, the garage-rock group grew out of founders Byran Nicol, Drew Wilky, and Mike Wilky’s desire to hang out, listen to records and play music. After the trio uploaded a few demos to Myspace—this was 2008, after all—a small punk record label from Iowa reached out and asked if they wanted to do a single. The single quickly led to the group’s first full-length album, the self-titled Dead Ghosts.
“We got lucky,” Nicol, the group’s frontman, recalls. “When we started playing, we were just messing with recording, and generally goofing around. We had no vision at all. We just wanted to play house parties or something—that was the limit of our aspirations.”
Defying their own expectations, by 2015 the group had released two more albums—Can’t Get No and Love and Death and All the Rest—both of which released on LA record label, Burger Records and embarked on several lengthy tours across Europe and US. Playing a distinctive brand of swaggering, blues-infused lo-fi rock, the five-piece quickly won over transatlantic fans and scored fresh fodder for their lyrics with their punk-rock antics.
THE REBEL SET
The Rebel Set are a three piece garage rock group from Phoenix and when I say "garage" rock band, I'm not talking about the recent trend of noisy lo-fi music. These guys are a real "garage" rock band. The trio takes from early sixties punk, surf, and psych. The guitar kicks ass, the songs are even dirtier, and the production sounds like that of an old sixties garage punk 45. Standout tracks include, "Poison Arrow", a dark brooding garage cut with an extremely catchy verse, "Martian", with guitar that harkens back to Apache, and an eerie theramin intro, "Birds and Bees", a 60's punk throwback that is impossible not to thrash to, and "Muckraker", which sounds like an early Iggy Pop song. Overall, this album rules and these guys should be proud for creating something new and awesome out of something old and awesome.
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