Published on November 7th, 2014 | by Sean Alexander1
One night, two great shows :) :(
Great shows are a bit of a scarcity in Tacoma these days. With the majority of the torchbearers of the Tacoma indie music scene having moved on to Brooklyn and Seattle in recent years, we have been left with just an occasional crackle of activity usually outdone by memories of fires past.
I’m happy to report that this weekend is ablaze with a pair of can’t miss shows. Unfortunately, they are happening at the same time.
New Frontier, November 8, 9 pm, 21+
If you haven’t heard Bod yet then it’s time you do. Saturday marks the release of their debut EP, Party Drug (Swoon Records); a spasmodic exploration of guitar tone, offbeat rhythm, and half-shy melody that recalls a range of influences from Deerhoof to My Bloody Valentine to Lake to Seaweed.
Party Drug is an especially complex debut so it will be interesting to see how it all comes together live. It’s worth noting that half of the band just got back from a national tour with smoking hot Seattle band, Crater, so their chops should be primed for an especially strong set.
Accompanying Bod on the lineup is Tucson, Arizona’s Burning Palms. I had the pleasure of seeing them at the New Frontier a few months ago and was impressed by their noir garage blend. They provide the perfect night landscape music to either zone out to completely or get your slow shoulder rock on to.
Rounding out the show are Jarvis Clayton and BS System. Jarvis Clayton is a fledgling but talented new band still finding their sound. I was unable to find out anything about BS System but we’re all stuck in a bullshit system anyway, so with a name like that, I’m sure it’s going to be an enriching experience. 😛
Bob’s Java Jive, November 8, 8 pm 21+
This show is billed as a Pacific Northwest Pop Parade and it’s sure to be a glowing experience. Local darlings Wheelies will be playing their first set of the fall and will be accompanied by great out-of-town talent and the Java Jive’s unparalleled amber atmosphere.
Olympia’s Fruit Juice is completely lovable and reminds me of being young and falling in love with music and humanity.I caught them at the Powerhaus in July and was tickled by their off-kilter, buzzy pop. They have fun on stage and it’s contagious. Their positive groove has anti-aging qualities that will have even the oldest bastard in the room smiling, hugging, and possibly dancing.
Rounding out the bill are Portland’s The Harvey Girls and Neighbors. The Harvey Girls have been playing together for almost a decade, quite the accomplishment in this day and age. Skimming their catalog, I found a large range of experiments in rock and pop that were captivating and well done. I have a feeling that these guys are going to deliver.
Neighbors reminds me of a middle of the road 90’s garage band in a good way. Everything is a bit loose on the hinges and familiar. They sound authentic – the most important quality a band can have.
These two shows are the results of the incredible efforts of two different local promoters and show the promising impact of our local record label, Swoon Records. S.E.S. Presents organized the BOD record release and Brandon Rowley of Olympia’s Deadbeat Records put together the Wheelies show.
Bottom line: this Saturday, you’re good at either of these shows, but you’re gonna wish you were at the other one.
Wheelies, Fruit Joice, Harvey Girls, Neighbors
November 8, 8 pm
Bob’s Java Jive, 2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
BOD, Burning Palms, Jarvis Clayton, DJ BS System
November 8, 9 pm
New Frontier, 301 E 25th St, Tacoma, WA