Negative Scanner, The Love-Birds (San Francisco, CA), Ethers

Negative Scanner

The Love-Birds (San Francisco, CA)

Ethers

Trouble In Mind DJs

Fri, December 1, 2017

9:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Negative Scanner
Negative Scanner
When Negative Scanner members Rebecca Flores & Tom Cassling's other band, Tyler Jon Tyler disbanded in 2012, it seemed like the blink of an eye that their new project sprung forth fully-formed. Wasting no time, the two members recruited bassist Nick Beaudoin & guitarist Matt Revers to flesh out the lineup & Negative Scanner was born. Honing their live chops on Chicago's robust DIY scene, the quartet hunkered down & recorded the songs that would make up their TiM debut.

"Ambitious People" launches off the A-Side, wasting no time rocketing to the anthemic chorus reminiscent of savage, early Mekons carousing with The Feelies. "Evening News" closes out the first side, without losing any steam, gripping the listener in a stranglehold, pummeling them with raging guitar strum and yearning, desperate melodic palette not unlike U.K. post-punk bands like The Sound or Alternative TV. The B-side cools things down (if only ever-so-slightly), letting the dueling guitars ebb & flow rather than bludgeon, bringing to mind the effortless, slash & burn tension exuded by Northwest punk originators The Wipers by way of modern-day DIY heroes like Tyvek or Eddy Current Supression Ring. Letting the hooks sink in only when necessary. Look out for their full-length album on Trouble In Mind in 2015!

The first edition of the "Ambitious People" single comes housed in the Trouble In Mind factory sleeve, is pressed on randomly mixed vinyl, includes a download code & is limited to 500 copies!
The Love-Birds (San Francisco, CA)
The Love-Birds (San Francisco, CA)
Man, I don’t ever go out nowadays. I don’t know what to say, I’ve got the blues. Usually though when I am creepy crawling, I’m out to catch The Love-Birds, they being San Francisco’s best new guitar band. I’ve been watching them carve up the dank air of many a fine Mission saloon for about a year now and they always have the edge. They’re Of and Raised in SF and they’re youngish. All of them jam their instruments with technique and style, in accordance with the Old Ways. They have a budget Scott Gorham riff inside a jangly scorcher called “Filled With Hate,” which is about leaving Los Angeles for San Francisco.

You can go pretty far nowadays on the idea of a Band, but The Love-Birds don’t have time for that shit. Whether you wear denim, leather, or tie-dye it’s only worth about an El Rio drink ticket if you don’t know how to write the tunes and The Love-Birds wear a cloak of many colors. The guitars weave together beautifully, leads, hooks and riffs arranged like an American cheese platter. The rhythm section takes the cheese and deftly makes a deli sandwich, playing with smarts and panache. This is the kind of band that you can smoke weed with the drummer outside the bar and talk in-depth about the annexation of Hawaii and then walk inside, look the guitarist straight in the eye and say, “R.E.M is better than Teenage Fanclub” and he’ll still drive your fool ass home. They’ve even got a dude in the band who says funny shit on stage. You can take one look at them and know they learn things from books and write songs with instruments (no, seriously).

These songs have tons of moves and NOBODY puts moves in their songs anymore besides The Cacamen, and that was only one move, once. Moves are great, they’re like skate tricks you can put in your songs. Seems to me, the only move a band will pull nowadays is the downward dog, am I right? The Love-Birds are punk, but in the classical sense, not the ebay sense. They dare to believe that R.E.M is better than Big Star. Just kidding, they’re not there yet. But this is an excellent start. I end in verse:

A bouquet of riffs from The Love-Birds
On a chilly Francisco night
Was thundering through my laptop
I was homeless came morning light

-Herbal Caen
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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com