I was lucky enough to catch White Lung play here in Sacramento on Wednesday- wow, way to rock my socks off! Reminded me of the Gits the whole time they played. Perhaps part of it was related to the fact they played at the axewave manor- a basement, but either way they blew me away. And apparently also their guitar, it broke two strings, effectively ending the show, unfortunately. Is grunge coming back into fashion? Probably not, but maybe it never died in Vancouver.
Nu Sensae also has a new record out, TV, Death, and the Devil, which is equally awesome. They played here in Sacramento at the Sol Collective and were very good- but I like White Lung's fuller sound more, personally.
Vapid's new LP, Practically Dead continues the more "melodic" punk of their early 7", Do the Earthquake, the first release on nominal records, which shows you where they lie on the music spectrum. They played back in march, and I missed them. However they will be playing clitfest up in PDX later in august and I plan to catch them then. And, last but not least- it's on a clear record- maybe it's my inner child, but colored/odd records just make me weak at the knees. Not surprisingly, White Lung's new LP, is well, white.
Quite a while back, Pompoir played at the hub- I think in November or maybe December, but they were also very good. To my surprise, they played almost all the songs where she sings- which I loved. Their (at the time) new 12'' EP, Exploding Time, is very good but I feel lacks something from their live performance. She sings a lot less on the record- perhaps that's it, but perhaps I'm just being a twat.
Of all these bands, I'd have to say Pompoir is the grungiest- albeit "garage" grunge, even though that sounds ridiculous.
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