THE BATCAVE, MONTCLAIR, NJ
(MSG ONE OF THE HOSTS FOR ADDRESS)
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bring money, bring beer, bring brang brung.
No smoking inside. No drinking outside. No punk time.
When I went to see Elvis Depressedly and Sorority Noise, I noticed a band called Toasted Plastic was on the bill. I listened to them the day of, pretty casually, but still really enjoyed them. So much so, that I picked up their crewneck sweatshirt (extremely comfy), and a tape of theirs of the album “June Highs” (extremely catchy). I’ve been listening to it nonstop and it’s really grown on me.
“Empty Hands” is a fantastic track. I love how the band experiments with tempos and isn’t afraid to break patterns; it keeps their music exciting and unique and strange. The punk element of their music shines through in this song with the shouty vocals and intense drums. It feels rushed and classic, like it could be from a punk band who was big in the late 70s. It’s brilliant.
My favorite song of theirs is “Looming”. For some reason, during the “I bet it’s hitting your soft spot by now/ destructive criticism allowed/choices that help mold the ones we’ve become, for one thing I’m happy I know where I’m from” reminds me of Conor Oberst’s voice in his harder Bright Eyes/Desaparecidos stuff, and it is great and refreshing.
Not only is the trio extremely good at producing an intriguing punk sound, but they’re also genuinely talented musicians when it comes down to it. The bassist, Duke Greene, is incredible. As a fellow bassist, I’m blown away by his abilities. As for Sam Kendrick, guitarist and vocalist, it’s not easy to do either of those things but when he puts the two together he’s like a god. His guitar skills are impeccable and his voice fits so well with the music. And the backbone of it all is Cameron Konner, on the drums, and also doing vocals. He’s so great, and one of the best drummers I’ve seen in a while. Put all these boys together, and it’s a powerhouse of unmatched perfection.
Definitely check them out. They’re incredibly impressive.
So that completes our third tour! Thank you to everyone who gave us a show to play and a place to sleep. It was an honor to be on the last run of Our Daily Fix shows. Every single show on this trip was great, We sold out of all our wearable merch, so keep an eye out for the repress of our crewnecks! Expect a new release before we go on tour again in July! Tnx, see you soon.
We just left Connecticut. Last night was wild. We’re playing tonight in New Brunswick, NJ at Cooler Ranch. Come by if you’re around!
We just left for winter tour! Come catch us in Boston, MA tonight:
Here’s what the rest of the week is lookin’ like:
December 27th :: Boston, MA @ Roggies w/ Two Humans, Paths, Chandeliers
December 28th :: Bloomfield, CT @ Nicolas’ Cage w/ Elvis Depressedly, Crying, Sorority Noise
December 29th :: East Hartford, CT @ Capetown w/ Our Daily Fix, Tawny Peaks, Poverty Hollow, Two Humans
December 30th :: New Brunswick, NJ @ Cooler Ranch w/ Our Daily FIx, Ex Wife, Fuck Pigs
December 31st :: Philadelphia, PA @ Kat Kat Phest 2 w/ Our Sunday Affairs, Townhouses, Eureka Driver
January 1st :: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/ Among Giants, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Scrap Kids, Blankets For Laura
January 2nd :: Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Foxing, Smoother, Be Still Cody
January 3rd :: Ridgewood, NJ @ The Barrel w/ Our Daily Fix, Smoother, Forth Wanderers
January 4th :: Chester, NY @ Elephant Graveyard w/ Our Daily Fix, TBA