Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights

we're not like other bands shoney got there first. floating ghostly through the room, in all black, he looked like he hadn't slept in a few and needed a good meal. turned out he didn't need anything. slowtrain was next, a human wrecking crew, moving anything that wouldn't move for him, immediately finding the most comfortable seat in the room. prettyfingers followed, as though on some white steed, an easy smile and easy to smile about. made friends w/ the room just by entering. peck, as though he had been there the whole time. effortless. endearing. the women swoon, the men get jealous. the room loved them before they even knew it. and then they took the stage as if it was theirs, as if they had made it themselves, and could do whatever they wanted w/ it. the band: tense. effortless. affecting. all smelling of whiskey and white sage. the sound: enormous. dynamic. important. whispering if it needs to, yelling because it must. attention isn't paid, it is taken. the songs: probing. acidic. observant. often as though they are smiling at you, offering you coffee, making sure yr comfortable as you are slowly stripped w/o consent. the audience: undulating. losing control. probably drunk. the women dancing and the men trying to keep up. the boys in the back trying to figure it out. the journalists: curiously absent. what's up w/ that? haven't you heard? this is the wildest show in town. "I'm not entirely sure how to describe the music; Lamar writes songs that are accessible and fun at the same time as having an entirely unique aesthetic that falls somewhere between punk rock and folk. He's a captivating frontman, giving his heart and soul to the audience while he delivers masterfully crafted lyrics and memorable hooks and occasionally leaps off the stage to join the (inevitable) dance party."
- sophie innerfield (boston band crush)


Relentlessly gritty and unapologetically raw. Once taken in, the music of Blackbutton is not something easily ignored. The vocals are whiskey-soaked and gruff. The guitar work is a heavy dicotomy of blues and '90's alt-rock. The rhythm section swells and bombasts a la Dischord-era hardcore. Blackbutton exudes true grit, passion, and excitement of music scene freshmen, with an I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude of a group that's been around the block a few times. In fact, it's been the better part of two years since Blackbutton has shown its face in the Boston music scene. The newly formed three-piece had been busy with other musical ventures, all while frontman/guitarist Jordan Tavenner has been plotting the return of his brainchild. Once a heavy hitting drums and guitar duo, Tavenner says "Blackbutton is more realized now, as a rock band, than it has ever been, and I'm excited to show everyone what we've been working on." The all new band line-up – Tavenner (Baby Made Rebel, Justin Shorey), drummer Justin Emile (Aloud, Big East), and Boston new-comer Dave Koslovsky – are a dirtier, grittier, more explicit version of the salacious band long-time scenesters might recall.



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Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights, Blackbutton, Vending Machetes, DOZE

Saturday, July 6 · 8:00 PM at Church