January 18, 2016 6:00 am

I’ve been going to shows at The First Unitarian Church (or simply, The Church as everyone calls it) for a while. It was there that Metz played one of the most loved shows in Philly, and it was the first time I’d ever seen a security guard there.

The Toronto noise trio headed out on a short stint with bands so pitted and ATYPICAL SOUNDS’ December artist of the month Bully. It seemed like every band on the bill was extremely happy to be touring with each other. So Pitted, the Seattle punk trio named after this YouTube video, just recently signed to Sub Pop and its insane how powerful they are becoming.

Bully opened their set with “Milkman“, and there’s really not enough that I can say to really convey the coolness of this band. The band is made up of four extremely talented musicians, and they have a live presence that is unbeatable. The hearts of the crowd belonged to Bully, and while some openers are treated like dirt by fans, it was almost as if this show was a double bill.

Metz took the stage around 9:45 PM and the small basement of The Church started to get really packed. Luckily I found the perfect spot where I could stand, right at the side of the stage (RIP to my ears — this band is loud. Very loud.) Metz crushed through a grungy 14 song set with the most energy I’ve seen a band play with in a while. This energy was transferred right over to the fans, I’ve been around people moshing at shows but I’ve never seen two grown men punch each other in the face for fun. I’ll just go right ahead and check that off my bucket list now.

After the set was over it was like a bomb had been dropped on The Church. As the dazed fans wandered out into the snow, looking like they’d just been transported to another dimension, I found $2 someone dropped on the ground. Just enough to take the train home, I’d put that in the books as a pretty sick night.

May 31, 2015 6:41 pm

If you’ve been to see a hard rock show in the last month, Honduras has probably opened it. The Brooklyn based quartet has recently opened for Metz, Fidlar, Sunflower Bean, Twin Peaks and Blurr. Honduras seems to be playing a new show before you can even sign on to Twitter and hear about it. Perfectly blending surf and indie rock with punk, vocalist Pat Philips calls on the ghosts of little anarchists such as The Ramones or The Sex Pistols.

In textbook punk rock fashion, the Brooklyn based band (by ways of Missouri), doesn’t have much of a musical background other than just playing guitar “because there was one around my friends’ house and I fell in love” says guitarist Tyson Moore.

Pat and Tyson have been writing songs together for ten years. “Maybe it was weird collaborating when we first started out but I don’t remember, we always agree,” Tyson jokes. They have some unexpected influences considering the spirited anarchism in their music, citing Tom Petty and Wilco. Pat even went through a hip-hop, free style rap phase in adolescence. Clearly being in NYC has distinctively shaped their current sound. “I didn’t go through a true punk rock phase until I lived here” Pat says, “that’s when I got into Lou Reed, the history of CBGB and all that shit.”

“I think Pat is really good at pushing personality through in his vocals, which makes it unique and easy to get into” Tyson remarks. “A lot of bands get stale to me because of their vocals”. When writing together “Pat will usually come to me with a basic idea, and we’ll sit in my room and make a shitty ProTools demo with fake drums just to shape it and get a better idea what it sounds like” Tyson says. “When we first started out, chillwave and MGMT were really big, so we have been holding on for a return to guitar and bass music.”

Their track “Ace” is the perfect anthem for this comeback. The song could almost pass for a high-strung surf rock tune until you hear “destroy” shouted over and over again, with angst, to really drive the point home. The song, while wearing a mask of screaming bravado, is really just about personal weakness and feeling vulnerable with someone. “You’re my ace….destroy destroy destroy.” Many of the songs on the band’s album, Morality Cuts, express the same heartfelt, personal sentiments and are expressed through shouting vocals and the drone of an electric guitar. Honduras harnesses the universal quality of punk music that has been lost. Everyone has their demons, but we all have the same urge to dance, shove and scream when one of these songs play. Pat says that he uses his songwriting to work through things in his life, which is the opportunity Honduras affords the listener. The songs on Morality Cuts bare personal feelings with repression ecstatically escaping through every strum of the electric guitar.

When Atypical Sounds saw their show at Baby’s Alright last month, the band performed their new single Paralyzed. The track holds a trademark that has that raw, in your face attitude and serves as a promising preview to their upcoming album, entitled “Rituals” which we can look out for this July.

Photo credit: Brock Fetch 

Written by Alessandra Licul