Monday, September 3 @ Velvet Lounge: Not Bullshit -- a DJ night for people who hate DJ nights. FREE, 9pm-2am. Come listen to members of Kohoutek and The Points and their friends spin psych, garage, noise, punk, folk, free jazz and whatever they feel like. Where else are you gonna hear some Chilean psych?
Tuesday, September 4
915 U ST NW WDC
$7, doors at 9, 21+
Cakes of Light (straight-up songwriter project covered in noise and free-form improv, from NYC, Heat Retention Records)
Phil Duarte (of Pup Tent, solo guitar-noise and vocal excursions)
Hairizona (free improvisational psychedelic punk from the District of Columbia)
Thursday, September 6
915 U ST NW WDC
$7, doors at 9, 21+
Wretched (MD doom, mem. of Earthride)
Devil to Pay (Indianapolis doom metal)
Devil to Pay
Formed in early 2002, Devil to Pay was conceived as the antithesis of strangulated modern rock radio. With a distinct lean towards '70s heavy metal, a love of proto-grunge, and a deep reverence for the stoner rock and doom metal underground, the band continues to torch it's own path to rock and roll glory.
Since their inception, Devil to Pay have won a Battle of the Bands, released two albums, charted on metal radio, toured the country several times, shared the stage with their heroes, and picked up numerous accolades and new friends along the way. Now knee-deep in writing mode for album number three, Devil to Pay is gearing up for the biggest year yet.
"If you dig serious characters plyin' two-ton
slabbage with technical precision, then brother head Midwest." (Sleazegrinder)
It's safe to say that anyone who's landed on Peacedogman and is reading this article right now is enjoying this current resurgence of rock as much as we are. So for a band that encompasses the spirit of the new rock resurgence, look no further than Indianapolis' DEVIL TO PAY. After conquering their own local scene and receiving rave reviews for their debut album Thirty Pieces of Silver, they're back with a killer platter of plastic called Cash is King that showcases everything that rock should be: heavy, tight, dirty, dark and dangerous.
From the first track "Kill Everything", one thing is crystal clear: these guys have balls. Vocalist Steve Janiak is truly something special, and his soulful style mixed with gruff screams is a wonder to behold -- man, check out those screams in the chorus of that first song! The guitars are C-tuned but manage to steer clear of muddiness, and the
perfect amount of fuzzy distortion gives them a sound that's both classic and modern at the same time. The riffs themselves reinforce the marriage of old and new, rivaling anything HELMET or FIREBALL MINISTRY could come up with. Throughout the album, the mood switches seamlessly between the upbeat fist pumpers ("Born to Rue", southern-fried "The Bottom Line") to the brooding grinders ("Shake Hands with Death", "Belial") to somewhere in between ("Swallow the Fish", "A King's Bounty") and back again. As an added bonus, there's the whole forbidding, slightly arcane feel this guys give off with song titles like "Little Horns", "Over the Coals" and "Niflheim". Still, these tight, rockin' riffs are for everyone, and bring to mind other PDM modern rock heroes like PRIESTESS, AUTOMAG or THE ILLUMINATI. The most important thing is that by the time the 1 hour and 10 minutes of this CD are up, the listener will feel that they got their money's worth, and that's all we ask for around
here. So just pick this one up already, because DEVIL TO PAY is due to cash in some well deserved success sooner than later. (Peacedogman)
And Sonic Circuits DC 2007's opening weekend:
Friday 9/7 @ Velvet Lounge w/ Franz de Waard, Gilles Aubry, Jack Wright & Michael Johnsen, Ben Owen, Brown Wing Overdrive, Buck Gooter, & RDK
$10, doors at 8pm, 21+
Saturday 9/8 @ Warehouse Next Door w/ Humcrush, Christoph Heemann, Goem|FDW, Naila Borensztein, Noveller, Pink Communoids, Element Kuuda, The Cutest Puppy in the World, This Bag Is Not a Toy, Twilight Memories of the Three Suns $15, doors at 7pm, all ages
Bios and more information can be found here: http://dc-soniccircuits.org/2007/
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