The Abigails

The Abigails

"The Abigails are a relatively new band out of Costa Mesa fronted by Warren Thomas (The Growlers, Grand Elegance). His voice is markedly deep and draws images of what Johnny Cash might sound like on a comedown. Their gritty outlaw country sound is not anything new, but certainly a refreshing and, may we say welcome, addition to the surplus of great bands out of Costa Mesa" - OC Weekly

Useless Eaters

Seth Sutton learned a lot from Jay Reatard in the last two years of his life—a time that included taking Sutton's band (Useless Eaters) on tour and pressing one of their many limited singles—but one lesson stood out above the rest.

"Jay always felt like he was running out of time," explains Sutton, "so he thought it was important to try and be as musically productive as possible."

That's certainly been Sutton's case over the past four years, as the singer/guitarist crammed a couple side projects (the nihilistic hardcore of Vile Nation, the power trio transmissions of the aptly titled Feral Beat) into an already packed schedule of rehearsing/replacing band members and releasing as many records under the Useless Eaters name as humanly possible. That includes such standout releases as the catalog-combing Cheap Talkcompilation and the road trip-ready Daily Commutealbum. The latter's a glaring example of Sutton's meaty melodies, loose-limbed riffs, and undying love of punk-not-punk artists like Television, Wire and, well, just about every other glass-gargling history teacher in Legs McNeil's legendary Please Kill Me book.

"It showed me that punk is more of an idea and an attitude than a fashion statement," says Sutton, a self-taught musician who considers dropping out of high school "the best decision I've ever made," because it "gave me the freedom to focus on my art and music."

While that phrase has been uttered by many self-taught musicians over the years, Sutton's songwriting actually speaks for itself. Take his forcoming LP Hypertension, for instance. AsUseless Eaters' cult following first heard on the "Addicted to the Blade" 7'' and Black Night UltravioletEP, Sutton's cleared yet another layer of dust from his scrappy sound and pushed a revolving door of haymaker hooks and restless rhythms to the fore. That goes for everything from the neon-bathed locked grooves of "Life on a Grid" to the welcome, climatic cacophony of "Vertical Africa." Meanwhile, Sutton continues to channel a lonely childhood of living on army bases—and eventually finding his creative footing in Memphis, Toronto and his current hometown Nashville—into lyrics that reach well beyond tired punk tropes, whether that amounts to metaphorical love stories or brutally honest nervous breakdowns.

"I think everyone struggles with things like that," he says. "The whole idea behind Hypertension is that most people aren't aware—or just don't care about— their situations and will buy into anything.

He pauses and adds, "I guess I just write about people and thoughts."

If only things were that simple...

Creeping Pink

This is no band.

DJ Al Lover

In short, Al Lover is a producer from San Francisco, but there's more layers to his wall of sound then meets the ear. Over the last few years he has gained much notoriety for his melding of contemporary and past garage and psychedelic rock into harsh yet spacey abrasive beats. Influenced as much by The 13th Floor Elevators as DJ Shadow, Al Combines crunchy drums, shaky percussion, chopped samples and layers of textured effects to create an unexplored path for psychedelic music, offering an earthy and loose approach that sounds more like you're listening to a DMT fueled psych band than a beat made on an MPC.

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The Abigails with Useless Eaters, Creeping Pink, DJ Al Lover

Thursday, January 16 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Brick & Mortar Music Hall