(((folkYEAH!))) and Parish Entertainment Present: Death West By Northwest Tour
Pure Bliss, Vinyl selections by DJ Kowalski
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.
A rock band gestates in the psyche of its founder for years before manifesting in the rehearsal space. In 2012, Frank Ene performed the requisite psychic exorcism and plucked Pure Bliss from his skull. Tear-drop guitar melodies interweave in cosmic copulation while Ene invests his vitality in spirited vocals. Ene's humanity is purged and dissected through Pure Bliss. As he knows, song-writing is exhibitionism. Yet, six-string mingling is useless without its rhythmic underpinning and Pure Bliss delivers in spades. The instrumentation is familiar, but the deft performances of Sam Weiss, Garrett Hudson and Elyse Schrock near transubstantiation – a rock band's duty (some call it feel.) Pure Bliss doesn't stoop to the codified sound of any Bay Area sub-sect. They seek transcendence in pop – the genre's most noble and perpetual endeavor.