Manic Productions Presents:
California X, Blessed State (Record Release)
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
This event is 21 and over
Hailing from the home of Thurston Moore and Dinosaur Jr., and drawing from the fertile music community that is Western Massachusetts, Potty Mouth are all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets '77 punk perfection. The band released their debut 12" vinyl EP, entitled "Sun Damage" in July 2012, which garnered the attention of Pitchfork, who called the six-song EP an "an impressive, no-filler debut," as well as The Boston Globe, who named Potty Mouth one of the "top five indie-rock bands to watch in 2013," with Brooklyn Vegan adding that they were "one of the most promising new bands in their local scene." Departing from the more angular shades of post-punk heard in their EP, "Hell Bent" is marked by its significantly heavier production and melancholic hooks. Nonetheless, the album stays true to the confident, youthful punk aesthetic the band has cultivated for themselves.
Though California X’s cartwheeling, low-end-friendly noise has drawn quick comparisons to Dinosaur Jr. (also, it should be repeated, of Amherst, Mass.), lead vocalist Lemmy Gurtowsky shares little in common with J Mascis. Not a whiner or a wailer, the Happy Valley trio’s frontman is, like his band’s self-titled debut full-length, direct in a way that recalls Bob Mould and Steve Brooks of Torche instead. But just as Brooks’ Miami metal outfit has succeeded in maintaining extraordinarily high sugar levels despite their work’s frenetic nature, California X are gifted popsmiths, never allowing the sludge to obscure their many hooks
Blessed State (Record Release)
Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Blessed State play heavy, melodic Revolution Summer-style hardcore, taking nods from classic bands such as Husker Du, Swiz, and early Dag Nasty while also current bands such as DC's Give. Featuring members of harder-edged acts such as Iron Hand, Fugitive, and Ratzinger, Blessed State takes their more hardcore influences and runs them through a sonic filter of fuzzy melody.