Black God, Frontier(s), Dead Halos, The Pink Vultures

Black God

Black God, the new Louisville-based blitz rock super-group featuring Rob Pennington (Endpoint, By The Grace Of God, Black Cross), Ryan Patterson (Coliseum, Black Cross), Nick Thieneman (Young Widows, Black Cross) and Ben Sears, have announced the details of their upcoming new EP entitled "II" out March 20th on No Idea Records. Described as a cross between The Wipers and Fugazi's "In On The Kill Taker," as well as Drive Like Jehu, Rites of Spring, Killing Joke and others, Black God are also announcing a series of upcoming live appearances, including this one. Their first in Philadelphia!

Frontier(s)

Chris Higdon has been here before. The powerful set of pipes that engraved the bombastic flair of Elliott - and previous to that, Falling Forward - into the tender consciousness of an entire generation of indie kids has returned with Frontier(s). The Louisville quartet has been gaining momentum since 2008, gradually building the massive sonic structures that make up their debut full-length, There Will Be No Miracles Here.

But for Higdon, this is not a victory lap. An artist who (reluctantly, we'll assume) laid the groundwork for the genre of emo - back before the word lost its luster to mall kids with regrettable hair cuts - his finest creative days are not just relegated to the past. Just beyond the rolling bass lines of the opening moments in There Will Be No Miracles Here it's abundantly clear that the vast experience of Frontier(s) is transparent in the band's masterfully assembled post-rock sound.

"The whole point for me with playing music again was to get to write music that I missed hearing," explains Higdon, who initially assembled Frontier(s) alongside bassist Bryan Todd. The pair was later joined by Matthew Wieder on guitar and Eagle Barber on drums. "We started this band with the main goal to write music we were in to, and to keep it less calculated than the current climate of heavy guitar-hinged music." While the long shadows of Elliott's False Cathedrals are witnessed in the unrelenting choruses of songs like "Von Veneer" and "Marching Line," There Will Be No Miracles Here is a record of an entirely different identity. Hook heavy and dramatic, Frontier(s) has the nervous energy of youth alongside the discretion of experience. Proof that for Higdon and company, their finest moment is right now.

Dead Halos

When it comes to the subject of rock and roll, Dead Halos doesn't claim to be reinventors of the proverbial wheel, nor do they wish to live exclusively in the so-called glory days of years past. The Louisville, Kentucky-based band, which includes Tony Ash (Trophy Wives) on guitar, Aaron Sortman (Waxeater, Neighbor) on drums, Max Balliet (The Ladybirds) on guitar, Cassie Green on bass and Kenosha, Wisconsin's Stephanie Vogt (Donoma) on vocals, is here to be heard, loud and proud, whether you approve or not. The band's musical influences are displayed proudly on their collective sleeves, but make no mistake, this is no half-assed nostalgia act or pleasant stroll down memory lane. Dead Halos are doing their goddamndest to revitalize the spirit and sound of real rock and roll music, the kind we all grew up loving until, like so many things before, it became a watered down parody of itself. Come one come all. Bring your party hat, your dancing shoes....and maybe some earplugs.

The Pink Vultures

Daryl Sullivan
Chris Payne
Brent Starkey
Karri Bedan
Ella Jean Lumpkins

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