Panache Booking presents: Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Big Ups

Speedy Ortiz

On their debut full-length, Western Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz manages a bit of magic by conjuring the spirits of classic American indie rock, while twisting those ghosts into new shapes. It's easy to hear the influences of Helium, Jawbox, and Chavez on this album, as well as nods to contemporaries Grass is Green, Pile, and Roomrunner. Sweet vocal harmonies run up against gnarly distortion, aided by basic, chunky bass parts and heavy, fill-laden drums. The album was recorded in a few days in November at Justin Pizzoferrato's (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving) studio, Sonelab.


On the tail of their excellent breakout 2nd LP "Midnight Passenger" on Goner Records, we have a brand new batch of bruisers from Ex-Cult, the Memphis-based punk cyclone that no doubt has laid waste to a town near you recently. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80s hardcore while remaining beholden to none. They have the power to convert even the most jaded and bored concertgoer into a sweaty mess in the pit, I’ve seen it first hand… punks, scene rats, skaters, skinheads, hardcore kids, druggies - so many disparate groups dig this band it’s like an MRR cartoon waiting to happen. This too-short collection of adrenal-enhancers are road warriors already - the title track’s chants of “trou-ble-finds-me” immediately transports me back to their packed and stanky show at The Smell every time I put the record on - the only problem with this sterling batch of sluggers is that it’s over too quick.

Hunters is a band from Brooklyn / Pennsylvania.

Calvin Love

This is Calvin Love: He started a punk band in the northern Canadian city of Edmonton at the age of thirteen.

This is Calvin's first foray into a solo career. Armed with a 4-track, mics, computer machine, keyboards and guitar, Calvin has laid down his debut record New Radar, due to be released this fall on Autumn Tone Records. With backing influences of pop and dance music of the 50's and 60's, as well as the punk/electronic/new wave of the late 70's and 80's, Calvin Love's music is a sonic escape into psychological mysteries and enlightened tales of love and death.

For what it's worth, Calvin's interests lie in photography, aesthetics, the paranormal, technological adaptations, pirates, The Goonies, zombie apocalypse, Jarmusch, strange states, dancing girls, sleepless nights, D.I.Y., Iggy, Bowie, tombs, hitchhiking,


Big Ups are a punk rock band from New York City formed in September 2010. The band is comprised of drummer Brendan Finn, vocalist Joe Galarraga, guitarist Amar Lal, and bassist Carlos Salguero Jr. They played their first show on the roof of Joe's apartment building because no one would book them. Since then, they've been playing all over the city- in bars, basements, kitchens, and backyards. The songs are anthems about love, alienation, indecisiveness, comics, and high fives. They have the habit of drawing the energy out of even the most apathetic crowd, and moshpits are common and welcome.. A Big Ups show is a performance, but it's never an act.


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