Paint It Black

Paint It Black

Downtown Boys, Praise, Gouge Away, Soul Glo

Thu, April 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

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This event is all ages

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Paint It Black
Paint It Black
Dan Yemin may not quite be an "elder statesmen" of punk, but his impact on it throughout the past 15 years certainly approaches Mt. Rushmore status. After establishing a melodic edge to the precedings with Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, Yemin has finally "stepped to the mic'" with Paint it Black. Conveying the intensely personal (try a brush with death) as well as the overtly political (war, chemical dependency and "womb envy"), Yemin and company continue to leave room for the threatening urgency of a beautifully writ "fuck you" song. Drawing on traditionally aggro forebears like Minor Threat, musical innovators like Swiz and the cold-stare lyricism of hip hop, Paint it Black is a mixed-bag success story worthy of its pedigree.
Downtown Boys
Downtown Boys
“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, [we] have been making as much noise as [we] can” - James Baldwin

Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI. They write songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people tell us that try to close our minds, eyes, and hearts.

They released a self titled 7” on Sister Polygon records in February 2014, and their full length LP Full Communism was released in May 2015 on Don Giovanni Records to enthusiastic reviews. The record is filled with danceable, sax-filled anthems with vocals sung and screamed in Spanish and English.

The band is known for their live performances, which are equal parts punk show, political rally, and religious revival. Frontwoman Victoria Ruiz delivers moving speeches between songs, working the crowd into an angry but hopeful frenzy. The songs themselves are delivered with an earnestness, fun, and intensity that’s stunned audiences throughout North America.

Rookie Mag praised the band, saying, “In a punk scene that can sometimes seem stale and beholden to trends that have been regurgitating themselves for decades, Providence, Rhode Island’s Downtown Boys are a beam of radical energy.”
Praise
Praise
Praise is not a religious band, Praise is a Straight Edge band. In the fall of 2007, I was staying with Andy in Baltimore and spent a night discussing life, hardcore, new bands, 7Seconds, and Straight Edge. Andy brought up that he had a couple of songs written for his previous band and sooner or later would like to use them for a new band. After discussing the ideas behind the music and lyrics I knew that Andy was going to create something special and we agreed that whenever it comes together REACT! would put it out. The interesting part about this story is that I was in town for a TFS show that Andy had set up, and not only was it the first time I saw Mindset, but also the first time Andy was introduced to Michael who would go on to help Andy bring Praise to life.

For almost two years Andy worked on finding the right line-up but time, distance, and life kept things from coming together. But finally in September of 2009 Praise was solidified with Michael Clarke and Colby Malone on guitar, Chris Bavaria on bass, Daniel Fang on drums and Andy Norton on vocals. In January 2010 the band, with their good friend Kevin Bernsten, entered the studio for the first time and created a hardcore record that is not only honest and inspiring, but is also a representation of the lasting friendship between Andy, Michael, Colby, Chris, Dan, and Aram.
Gouge Away
Gouge Away
Formed in 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Gouge Away has developed their own style of emotional hardcore through their debut full length ", Dies" on Eighty-Sixed Records. After touring the states with Touche Amore, Ceremony, G.LO.S.S., and Soul Glo, and appearing at Rain Fest in Seattle and Wrecking Ball Fest in Atlanta, Gouge Away has no plans to settle down.
Soul Glo
Soul Glo
Soul Glo are a self ­described “aggressive” band from Philadelphia. “Aggressive” typifies their presence in multiple senses: their first release is an untitled 13­track LP of sonically diverse exploration of all of the best themes of extreme music. Covering ground that journeys from hardcore punk to black metal with welcome experiences of powerviolence, screamo, and grindcore, the band applies aggression in a much more direct and urgent sense lyrically, describing “the experience of the Black american,” as their priority. “Aggressive” doesn’t just apply to their open politics but also the ease with which the message spreads to the ears of anyone who daily walks with the burden of “social other” on their back. It’s a replenishment of the body’s water in a drought, both revealing and satisfying a need for truth that one doesn’t know they possess. In the same places they find inspiration, the members of Soul Glo see desperate need for change. They have little interest in simply providing the world with more color-by-numbers hardcore songs, and instead focus on the politics of identity and experience in an increasingly dystopian america.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/