With only a few hours to go, OCML DSCVR Thursdays will be going live! at the Foundation Room at the House Of Blues Anaheim. Before you stop by, here are a few tracks for the drive over to HOB. We put together a few great tracks from Avenue Army, Waiting for Yesterday and Dreams of Vertigo. Check out their respective facebook pages for more information and upcoming digital content.
OCML DSCVR Thursdays begins at 8:00pm at the Foundation Room in the House Of Blues Anaheim 400 West Disney Way, Suite 337 Anaheim Ca. 92802 Free Event | 21+ Age only Bands performing: The Alienated, Dreams of Vertigo, Waiting for Yesterday, Avenue Army
Some bands’ shows, even on the heavier side, are best enjoyed by kicking back, settling into a mood & getting lost in a nice stable atmosphere to wash over you for a night. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but ’68 is not one of those bands.
I’d seen this Atlanta hardcore/garage rock/noise rock duo twice before in 2015, once opening for Stick to Your Guns and later confounding pop-punk kids on Warped Tour. Neither featured them near the top of the bill, but both presented the kind of raw and spontaneous yet tight as hell set that truly sticks in the mind. This leads us to this past Wednesday, at a free show at Fullerton’s Slidebar, where they kicked off their end-of-2017 run.
For a headlining tour, ‘68’s distinct brand of unpredictability needed a lineup to get the crowd fully into that mindset. Luckily, all six members of Alistair Hennessey stepped up with far more dynamics and stage presence than the typical opener, emphasized by a set of lamps placed around the stage that synced up with some of the drum beats.
Stolas kept the trend of lineup quirks going strong, switching between a more conventional 4-piece and a trio where the singer went behind the kit. (From my research afterwards, the latter is closer to the setup on their older material.) That said, the set stayed cohesive in their frenetic post-hardcore sound, with some shots of prog edge highlighted by their incredibly technical yet well-rounded guitar work.
Then ’68 came on. Even before their set starts, you can tell how unique it’ll be, as the mic stand and drum kit are set up to face each other in the middle of the stage, perpendicular to the crowd. As vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (previously of The Chariot) and new touring drummer Nikko (no lineup change announcement yet as of now) take those positions in a pair of snazzy black-and-white suits, playing feels like some sort of musical shouting match. Or like being a fly on the wall for a particularly intense jam session.
Again, the key word when talking about this duo is spontaneity, especially since they never use a setlist. They already pulled off the idea of letting songs collapse and rebuild on the spot when promoting their first album. But now that the core songcraft is stronger, more daring and even catchier on their excellent new one Two Parts Viper, they can let that carry the brunt of the set and have even more room for those crazed deviations. For a more amateur act to try this kind of thing would just be obnoxious, but at this point these guys have controlled chaos down to a science. This is made even more impressive when you consider Nikko just joined for this tour and the synergy is already there. They can derail a song midway through, with Scogin setting his guitar on the amp to let the feedback run for a couple minutes, while Nikko paces behind his kit, stopping every 30 seconds to fire off a manic fill, and hop right back into the next verse like it was nothing, with no complaints from the crowd to be found.
Toward the end, they even broke the kick drum pedal, and rolled with it for the last 5 minutes or so. In the meantime while dealing with that, Scogin took the time to thank Slidebar for putting on free shows on this level, and to support them any way you can to keep that possible. Given this was my first time here and it doesn’t feel different from your usual $10-20 club venue, I have to agree.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
w/ Stolas & Alistair Hennessey 11/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 11/16 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge 11/17 – Madison, WI @ The Annex 11/18 – Newport, MN @ Opinion Brewing CO. 11/19 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s 11/22 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
w/ Whores & Alistair Hennessey 12/6 – Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern 12/7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 12/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge 12/9 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall 12/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia 12/12 – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin Art & Music Shop 12/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hoosier Dome 12/14 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom 12/15 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers 12/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
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End of Eternity is the name of the new music video by Gus McArthur an OCML Records band. Within weeks away from releasing their next album which is still in the works. We asked Gus on what inspired this music video and he replied, “We wanted to make people smile while they thrashed their heads off.”
Check out their music video “End of Eternity” down below and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and digital content.
It is Rants & Raves Time! Check out this week’s Podcast Episode as the team talk about what pissed them off this month and how it can change for the best. If you haven’t yet, make sure you subscribe by using the links down below!
After conquering the beast of the Monster Mash ’17 this past October, Gus McArthur are not only releasing new content this week but are also part of this week’s OCML Artist Spotlight featuring their brave lead singer Gus. Check out the interview down below as well as their Spotify playlist.
Before you go check out their music down below and also remember to follow them on their social media pages and website linked down below. Facebook | Instagram | Website
After performing in EDC Las Vegas, Sound Night Club, Avalon and other noticeable clubs, Thomas Garcia is conquering the Southern California Music Scene. Here to set the mood for your Saturday Night hangout! Here are some great tunes by Thomas Garcia himself! Lets get the party started! Follow him on Facebook, Soundcloud and Spotify!
Asylus & Til Skies Fall have set the new standard in collab projects as they release their latest project titled, “Falling Horizons” It’s awesome to see bands work together in projects like this! Follow them on their respective Facebook pages Asylus | Til Skies Fall for more content.