Black Clouds

Black Clouds

BLACK CLOUDS is a 3-piece instrumental band from Washington, DC that formed in mid 2011. They released their J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) co-produced LP "Everything Is Not Going To Be OK" in May of 2012.

Jimmy Rhodes (Drums), Justin Horenstein (Guitar/Keyboards), and Ross Hurt (Bass) set out to make a record with influences drawing from movie soundtracks, ambient artists, and heavier acts alike. BLACK CLOUDS have created a sound that is as equally massive, loud, crushing, and dark, as it is ambient, quiet, beautiful and mesmerizing. “Everything Is Not Going To Be OK”, encompasses all of these emotions and feelings, and will leave you feeling as though you just listened to the soundtrack to the end of the world. The last track of this debut record features Neil Fallon of the band CLUTCH. His voice was used for an unknown character preaching a very haunting and terrifying spoken-word, making the title of the record feel even more like an absolute truth, that everything will not be OK.

Within the past year of being a band they have played shows with, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, O'BROTHER, DEAFHEAVEN, …AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, BIG BUSINESS, CASPIAN, ZECHS MARQUISE, THE LIFE AND TIMES, OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANS, and have toured with UNITED NATIONS (Thursday, Pianos Become The Teeth).

After electrifying Washington, D.C., with its scorching live show for more than a year, Shark Week released its debut recorded contribution to the city’s burgeoning music scene in August 2012, quickly garnering critical acclaim, including being named The Deli Magazine’s best emerging D.C. artist of 2012 and earning slots at SXSW and 2013's Sweetlife Festival.

The debut EP, titled simply “EP,” seeks to distill the raw energy of the four-piece’s punk-infused surf pop garage sound into a hip-shaking three-song package. This summer, the band will follow that up with the "Santurce 7"" recorded during a sun-bleached January weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico and released on vinyl on Analog Edition Records.

DC Thrash Metal. Fueled by Beer. Inspired by drinking at local bars.

Typefighter is a rock band which now resides in Washington DC. Formed in 2009 as punishment for uncooperative prisoners being held in a small prison just south of the Russian town of Vologda, Typefighter grew quite fond of their musical circumstances. Upon release (quite early despite their collective sentences), the group decided to move to the capital of USA in order to peruse their musical career. In support on their debut EP 'I Want to See You Game, Boys, I Want to See You Brave' Typefighter embarked on a full US tour in a van much bigger than the cells which they were accustomed, and made it home virtually unscathed. Unfortunately, as time went on, some of the members grew weary of their new ways and fell back into a life of crime, ultimately landing them back into that very same prison just south of Vologda. Faced with quite a dilemma, frontman Ryan McLaughlin sought the help of a psychic in order to help reestablish the band. The psychic led Ryan to the top of an unknown mountain in an unknown location, where he found, deep beneath the snow, the 2 frozen bodies of William Waikart and Thomas Orgren. Ryan strapped both to his sled and made it to the safety of a nearby cabin, where he proceeded to build a fire to help melt the ice surrounding the bodies. Once thawed, William (drums) and Thomas (guitars) proved to be valuable assets to the music of Typefighter, and wasted no time recording and releasing their 2nd release 'Fall Winter Fall'. In support for their sophomore effort, the group went on several tours, both short and long, and gathered quite a regional following in the process. Now, with the addition of male model and exotic cat enthusiast, John Scoops (bass), Typefighter has their first full length record on the horizon and couldn't be stoked.

True Head

What initially started as a studio project in early 2012 between Ahron Reinhard (Lion of Judah) and Israel Soriano (The First Step) has grown into a fully-formed band.
Forlorn and powerful, True Head exhibits a restrained yet energetic approach. Their music sounds just like a late August afternoon at the 1328 Newton Street House. Warm and hazy from the summer days passed, awaiting the changes around the bend. Look for their debut self titled 12″ EP (masterfully recorded by the legendary Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio) on Youngblood Records.

Highway Cross

Highway Cross is the product of four of northern Virginia's most talented and esteemed veterans of the hardcore/punk scene. Frontman/guitarist Matt Michel was a major force behind Majority Rule and has done time in Cloak/Dagger. Also from Cloak/Dagger is bassist Colin Barth, who plays bass here. Guitarist Ben Tankersley played in DC area favorites, Shoutbus!, and the beast behind the drums is Jake Kregger, who also plays in Triac. The band certainly worships at the altar of Rick Froburg (Obits, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu) and it shows through loud, crunchy, angular riffs backed by pounding, driving rhythms. Their debut 7" was self-released and certainly piqued our interest, but this follow up really finds the band settling into their own sound which takes the aforementioned influences and shapes them into something uniquely borne by these four fine gentleman. - Toxic Pop

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Black Clouds with Shark Week, Warchild, Typefighter, True Head, Highway Cross, Blackout Djs

Saturday, July 27 · 6:00 PM at 9:30 Club