The Explosion

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The Explosion

Dark Blue, Mcguires Mob

Fri, June 9, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

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This event is 21 and over

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The Explosion
The Explosion
"All we know is what came before/There's no revolution anymore," sings The Explosion, but the chorus isn't a resolution--it's an indictment. Hailing from Boston and referencing influences riding the T, as well as the London tube, this rowdy quintet released its first full-length and an EP through Jade Tree before heading off for the majors. Well schooled in the formula and the expected party line, The Explosion eschews both for a down-to-earth, nobody's hero approach. For quick reference, try "Reactor" or "Terrorist" (Flash Flash Flash). If the first casualty of "smart punk" is the anthem, then The Explosion seems prepared to bring the first aid, with ringing guitar, commanding fist-pumpers and rousing singalongs. Marrying a solid foundation of The Clash and Cocksparrer with the openness of contemporary, Stateside peers, The Explosion follows in the footsteps of a few legendary Beantowners, with more than a few nods to their forebears. Luckily, the band avoids cliché and caricature while still delivering the row. Watch your back when you attack, 'cuz they might just turn on you.
Dark Blue
Dark Blue
It’s 2018 and it’s another shite year in America. But hey, the Philadelphia Eagles finally made it to the Super Bowl, so it’s only fitting there’s a new Dark Blue single recorded by none other than Jeff Ziegler. The band’s 2016 LP—'Start of The World'—was as much an ode to the powerless as it was an effort to lay bare uncomfortable realities: the working poor keep working only to get poorer, oh and ICYMI, there’s a violent occupation happening in Palestine. Dark Blue’s latest 7” for 12XU continues to sing to the unsung with two tracks that are unwilling to sugarcoat issues many seem to turn a blind eye to.

The A side, “Fight to Love”, is a brit-pop ballad that feels arena huge thanks to John Sharkey III’s distinct vocals, which are the strongest and most emotional they’ve ever been. Like all Dark Blue songs, bleak is always embedded in the pop. This track rails against gentrification, which according to Sharkey, doesn’t matter if it’s lead by “slime who dress their rescue dogs in Lycra,” or if it’s cloaked in Zionism.

The flip side to this is a reimagined version of Anti-Nowhere League’s 1983 classic, “For You.” Instead of the cut’s street punk grit, Dark Blue turns the track inside out to expose a song that goes right for the heart instead of the usual brick to the gut.

Dark Blue’s new 7” proves that they’re still here, trudging through the dreadful in 2018, and these songs will have you stomping right beside them.
Mcguires Mob
Mcguires Mob
Blue collar American Oi from Pennsylvania.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com