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DS Photo Galley: Racquet Club and Mercy Union, Cambridge, MA (10/16/17)

 

For those that were paying attention, a fun bit of punk scene history took place just under the radar upstairs at the legendary Middle East nightclub in Cambridge, MA, a couple of nights ago. The centerpiece of the evening’s festivities was the East Coast debut of Racquet Club, the latest brainchild of Blair Shahan and Sergie Loobkoff, the latter obviously of Samiam fame. Racquet Club became a thing only recently after the reunion shows that Shahan and Loobkoff’s previous band, Knapsack, played a handful of years ago after what had been a decade-and-a-half absence. After the demise of Knapsack, Shahan went on to front The Jealous Sound for a number of years, and recruited that band’s last drummer, Bob Penn, to join him when the new, post-Knapsack project with Loobkoff started. The rhythm section on the new project would be rounded out by Ian Smith, who previously played bass in a band called Mercy Beat with Sam from The Bravery (remember them, kids??). Put ’em all together and what’ve you got? Racquet Club!

The foursome put out their self-titled full-length debut album three weeks ago via Rise Records and headed out on their first headlining tour this week, stopping in Chicago before making their way down the East Coast. Cambridge marked only their third headlining show, though you wouldn’t necessarily know that by watching them. Penn and Smith were a thunderously tight anchor, keeping the low end rocking hard and heavy to drumstick-shattering results. Their dynamic playing provided reliable foundation for Shehan and Loobkoff to build and soar off. Given the songwriting parts involved, there is an element of familiarity to the melodies, though Shahan’s tone is a bit more hopeful than from the Jealous Sound/Knapsack days. Loobkoff’s trademark SG-divebombs are as angular and textured as ever, even if he snapped his high E string halfway through the set and forged ahead as a five-string player for the duration of the set, that included the band’s entire album in reordered fashion. The crowd was a tad thinner than some (read as: me) had hoped, though it was a Monday night for sure. Still, those in attendance were legit fans, many singing along for the duration of the set.

Opening this week-long stretch of the Racquet Sound East Coast trek is four-piece New Jersey band Mercy Union, whom you probably think you’ve not heard of and yet whom you’ve most definitely heard of. I’ll explain. A handful of years ago, Jared Hart, frontman for Bayonne, New Jersey street punk band The Scandals, started performing solo acoustic-style during Scandals downtime. With the help of a few local friends, he put out a full-length solo album, Past Lives and Pass Lines, a couple years ago on Say-10 Records and continued to alternate between solo shows and Scandals shows (as well as a stint in Brian Fallon’s backing band, The Crowes). Hart put together a full backing band for a few shows earlier this year, and used them to record what was slated to be the second Jared Hart solo album but what in actuality turned out to be its own thing, and for good reason. The aforementioned “backing band” includes Nick Jorgensen on bass, Rocky Catanese of Let Me Run (one of the first bands I discovered and subsequently fell in love with through Dying Scene) on guitar/backing vocals, and Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem on drums. They decided on a name — Mercy Union — only a few days before this run with Racquet Club (they had previously been billed as Jared Hart – Full Band shows), and since Cambridge was the first night of tour, that meant it was also their first show as a unified item.

The band’s set consisted of a mix of reworked songs from Past Lives & Pass Lines interspersed with new tracks from their upcoming full-length debut (more on that in the coming months). Hart’s projects, whether solo or The Scandals, have always been well received in Boston, which has become a bit of an adopted home-away-from-home for him, and that was certainly true on this night as well, if a bit more subdued than in previous shows (Boston…seriously…if you like a set of musicians enough to pay money to go to their shows and sing along and enjoy yourself in the process, what’s with the invisible semi-circular perimeter in front of the stage that people dare not tred in. Particularly upstairs at the Middle East, it’s a phenomenon I’ve never been able to explain. But I digress.) The sound, particularly on the new songs, is very much rock-and-roll (not surprising given their so so Jersey pedigree) but doesn’t quite sound exactly like the sum of the aforementioned parts would. There’s a really cool upbeat groove to a couple of the tracks (I won’t pretend to have written the names down). Even though the band collectively have several decades in the game as touring musicians, there’s a bit of unfamiliarity as they learn to play with each other. That said, the rhythm was pretty tight, Catanese provided noticeably solid harmonies to Hart’s trademark rask, and the added guitar tone provided plenty of depth to Hart’s pre-existing body of work; all clear signs that this was only night one of what should be — and deserves to be — many more to come. And don’t worry Scandals fans; both projects will co-exist!

Check out our full photo gallery below, and stay tuned for more on these pages from Racquet Club and Mercy Union going forward!



Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes stream teaser tracks from upcoming debut album

Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes are made up of members from Senses Fail and Finch and they have just announced details of their upcoming debut album “Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You”.

Guitarist Daniel Wonacott had this to say about the band:

“We were all really excited to see how a Finch/Senses Fail combo would sound. As the record came together I think we all figured out that, ‘Wow! This sounds new and fresh, something neither of our other bands have done. To me, the album feels like home; the songs came together in a very natural way, I wasn’t concerned about writing for a specific sound, we just did what came naturally.”

The band are streaming the first two tracks over at Pledge Music titled “Crash My Car” and “Go For The Throat”; listen to them here.



Music Video: Hollow Suns – “Caller”

Tokyo, Japan based punk-rockers Hollow Suns have premiered a music video for their new track “Caller.” You can watch it below.

“Out Of Touch” is taken from the band’s latest EP, titled Hollow Suns II, which was released on June 7 in Japan. The album follows their self-titled debut release. You can find all the band’s music videos on their site here.



Hello Creepy Spider (punk, Glasgow) stream “Inoperable”

Glasgow punk rock two-piece, Hello Creepy Spider, are streaming their latest EP for free. Inoperable is the second release from the band, the previous being the 2014 effort I Don’t Wanna Die in a Fire. It features seven tracks of classically-inspired punk rock, and is available to listen to below. Enjoy.



Decent Criminal perform “Neurotic” on Live From The Rock Room

Northern California’s Decent Criminal recently stopped by The Rock Room to perform “Neurotic.”

You can check out the video below.

Decent Criminal last released their self-titled full length in January of 2016.



New Music: Weezer – “Weekend Woman”

Los Angeles rock icons Weezer have premiered their brand new song “Weekend Woman”. You can check it out below.

“Weekend Woman” is taken from Weezer’s upcoming album Pacific Daydream, which will be released on October 27th.



Music Video: Have Mercy – “Reaper”

Baltimore’s Have Mercy have released a music video for the track “Reaper,” which you can watch below.

The track is taken from the band’s latest album, Make The Best Of It, which was released on April 21 via Hopeless Records.



Circa Survive release “The Amulet” and announce tour with Thrice

Circa Survive have released “The Amulet”, their 6th full length album, via Hopeless Records. You can check out the first track “Lustration” below.

The band has also announced a tour with Thrice, you can find the dates beneath the track.



Kindling (Shoegaze) announce new album “Hush”

Easthampton, Massachusetts’ rock/shoegaze exports Kindling have signed to 6131 Records and announced their label debut full length, “Hush”. The album is out November 10th, with physical pre-orders up now. Ahead of the album, the band are streaming “Destroy Yrself”.

You can listen to the track below.



Awaken I Am stream new track “Wolves” ahead of album

 

Australian rockers Awaken I Am will release their debut Victory Records album, “Blind Love”, this Friday (September 29th). Ahead of the release, the label are streaming a track from it. You can listen to “Wolves” below.

Various pre-order packages are up for order now.



The Bronx streaming new album “V”

The Bronx‘s new album V was released today through ATO Records, and is now available to stream. You can listen to the album in its entirety below.

This is the band’s first LP in four years, following 2013’s IV.



Mannequin Pussy premiere video for “Emotional High”

Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy have premiered a new video for “Emotional High.” The song is off their album “Romantic,” released in 2016 on Tiny Engines.

If you’re a fan of folks having a good time (and who isn’t? What are you, some kind of fucking monster?), check out the video below!



Too Close to Touch release new song “Leave You Lonely”

Too Close to Touch have released a new single “Leave You Lonely.” You can check out the song below. If you’re a fan of videos of nothing but title cards, you’ll love this!



Goldblume (Emo/Rock, UK) to release new single “Fawning”

Cambridge, UK emotional trio Goldblume are to release something new on hometown label Aaahh!! Real Records this week. They are to release a two song single, “Fawning”, this Friday (with the download including a B-side acoustic track, “Tomorrow”). The single is the follow up to January’s EP  “Go Figure“.

The band tour the single throughout the Fall – full details below.



Music Video: The Bronx – “Two Birds”

The Bronx have released a music video for their recent single “Two Birds”, taken from their upcoming album V. You can watch the video below.

is set to be released on September 22nd via ATO Records.