Ringing in the holidays with a show at Church
Thursday, December 15, 2011
n Friday (or tomorrow, on most calendars) we are throwing a party at Church with four great bands and a lot of beer. It’s more or less a celebration of the music we presented in 2011. Each band has done well for us this year: TAB the Band kicked it all off at our first anniversary party, Mighty Tiny fronted a Wednesday night freak out in June, Cities & States opened up our first stop at the Middle East this summer, and in August a demanding crowd wouldn’t let That Handsome Devil leave the stage. Well, they’re all back and on the same bill, a perfect storm of rock, freak-out rock, and more rock.
And why stop there? We won’t, because we like you too much, so that means we got our good friends at Narragansett Beer to sponsor the night. Expect some frosty tallboy surprises floating around, especially if you show up early (doors are at 8 p.m.). Call it a holiday party if you want. Wear a Santa hat or dress as Buddy the Elf (if you do that, I’ll buy you a beer). This will cap off a fun year of MySecretBoston shows for 2011. Now let’s meet the bands:
TAB the Band – 10 p.m.
Sweet rock ’n’ roll Jesus! “This one goes to eleven.” TAB the Band burns down the rock temple with double-guitar lust, well-honed song craft, and even a few breakneck punk slurs. It’s like the Strokes, the Stones, the White Stripes, and the Ramones all convened to create this one. TAB has unloaded a strong batch of fresh tunes this year, a handful of which were produced by Mark Neill, the vintage-infused mind who produced much of Brothers by the Black Keys. TAB's new cuts burn well with numbers from the band’s first three LPs (these guys have been productive since forming in late 2006). Twenty-eleven has been particularly good to TAB with the highlight being a daytime score at Lollapalooza in Chicago. (Check out proof of that below. Plus a million points for the 'Gansett shirt.)
Mighty Tiny – midnight
I still have trouble classifying Mighty Tiny—it’s some sort of freak-folk, punk, Eastern European gypsy thing with an old-school blues element (I love the slide guitar). That’s a lot to swallow, but trust me it works. It all comes together as a highly digestible package, and a perfect party mix (great for well-oiled livers as the midnight special). These guys come dressed in Clockwork Orange-meets-mime style masks too, a style that suits the music well. Fresh from a pair of huge shows across the pond with Electric 6, Mighty Tiny hasn’t played Boston since a Halloween oddity affair at the Middle East. Word is it has some new tunes to show off.
That Handsome Devil – 11 p.m.
Let me start by saying this band is fucking awesome. Hands down. Think Tom Waits planning a bizarre party with some old-school jazz hip-hop cats. I’m shocked it hasn’t made a bigger splash, but as we know this world is fickle (and this band’s song material digs into that fact … “Rob the Prez-o-dent” anyone?). Still, That Handsome Devil has done pretty well for itself—a few of their songs have landed 100K-plus views on YouTube and it’s even had a tune on Guitar Hero and Rock Band II (sweet!). That Handsome Devil, although somewhat elusive, has rabid fans all over the country, and possesses some sort of tie to Boston that I’ve yet to figure out. Either way, they packed Church last time I saw ‘em, which was in August when the band came hot and heavy slinging its latest release, The Heart Goes to Heaven, the Head Goes to Hell. The crowd wouldn’t let these guys leave. Drenched in sweat (it was 90 out that day), they returned for an encore, which is rare for a three-band bill at a club like Church. Even after that, the crowd still wanted more. I had to bring ’em back for another show, so naturally I asked. Guess what they said? So if you missed THD the first time around, lucky for you here’s a chance to catch them again. They are elusive, as I said earlier, so you never know when they’ll be back through these parts. Take advantage of your second chance.
Cities and States 9 p.m.
The brainchild of Pray for Polanski drummer Josh Richard, Cities & States is built around fun songs, punchy guitar lines, and playful hooks (sort of like Built to Spill and the Strokes). It’s a perfect outfit for a smooth start to a slammed evening (get there early for some ’Gansett drink tickets). Cities & States don’t play out all that often, but Richard and co. are a creative bunch with the chops to match. Fresh tunes are always revolving through their hands.
MySecretBoston's Holiday Throwdown featuring TAB the Band, That Handsome Devil, Mighty Tiny, and Cities & States happens tomorrow (Friday, December 16), at Church. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the door. 21+. Doors are at 8 p.m. There is free parking behind the club. Sponsored by Narragansett Beer.
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