• The Avengers with Shellshag, Surfbort and Gözer

    The Bell House Presents:

    The Avengers with Shellshag, Surfbort and Gözer

    Tue, August 4, 2015

    Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

    The Bell House

    Brooklyn, New York

    $18.00 - $20.00

    Tickets Available at the Door

    This event is 21 and over

    The Avengers
    The Avengers
    The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the US. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group's legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go's, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7" on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12" EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP -- the infamous "Pink Album" -- which would soon become the band’s essential release. Out of print for decades, Avengers has been the lost artifact of the first wave of American punk.

    New generations of music fans continue to discover The Avengers, and this never-ending demand has spawned countless bootlegs and two official collections of alternate material. As long-time fans wear out their original LP’s and new fans scour the Internet for dubious downloads, the question arises again and again; "When will the ‘Pink Album’ be officially
    re-released?" After literally years of effort the band has succeeded in making this release possible.
    Shellshag
    Shellshag
    Any musician you talk to that is familiar with Shellshag regularly uses one word to describe these DIY stalwarts: Inspiring. Over the years, the duo has grown into Brooklyn’s answer to Dead Moon, transcending the simple label of “a band” and becoming an institution in their own right. They are true out-and-out lifers, in it for the long haul, and a reminder that perseverance is key in any artistic endeavor.

    While many of their fans were too young to have even heard about “punk” in the mid-90s, Jen Shagawat was already running the infamous Starcleaner Warehouse in San Francisco, an integral part of the city’s independent music scene, and playing in a number of Bay Area bands. In the meantime, John “Shellhead” Driver was touring throughout the country with his band 50 Million and penning songs for his stripped down acoustic project, some of which would later be re-worked as Shellshag staples and crowd favorites.

    After meeting in the Mission in the late ‘90s, romance ensued, as did their music together, and the two have never parted. With each LP and every tour that has taken them across the US and back again, Shellshag have proven that they cannot only survive in a changing music industry, ethics intact, but can thrive as underground musicians without compromise.

    Why’d I Have to Get So High? is Shellshag’s fifth LP, and the culmination of 20 plus years of resilient effort and artistic growth. Recorded by Jerri Queen (Vacation) and John Petty (Vacation, Sleeves) at The Lodge (Kentucky), the sixteen tracks represent the band at the peak of their career, reinforcing their stripped down sound with additional instrumentation and the occasional lush arrangement, and guest appearances from members of Vacation, Tweens, Pretty Pretty, Swim Team, and Black Planet, and from long-time collaborator Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females.

    The LP is chock full of the brazen jangly distorted pop that typifies the Shellshag sound, with songs like “Pretty Eyes,” “Rattletrap 2,” and “Baby Come Back.” “Captivator,” “Tiger Stripes,” and “Sun, Moon, and Stars” turn the aggression up to 11, harkening back to some of the band’s earliest punk-inspired rippers. The piano lines and echo chamber guitars of “RIP” and the fuzzed out closer “Down the River” take the record in some haunting new territory, while no one could deny that the honesty of the harmony-laden “Blowin It,” the ‘90s alt-rock vibe of “Hold You In My Arms,” the emotional “5 1 and Change,” and the melancholy-turns-glam “’90s Problem” showcase some of Shellshag’s best material to date. These are songs of turmoil and love, hate and longevity, regret and hope, from two people who know the subject matter intimately.

    Seeing Shellshag live is an experience unto itself—two people giving it their all, free of pretense, whipping up a sweaty maelstrom of fans singing along to every word. They will be on tour throughout October and November, hitting almost every major, and some not-so-major, US cities in support of the new LP, which will be released October 6th on Don Giovanni Records and, Shellshag’s own, Starcleaner Records.
    Surfbort
    Surfbort
    RECORDED IN AN ABANDONED ANIMAL TESTING LAB ON AN 8 TRACK BY THE BUZZ BOYS. THIS ALBUM LAUGHS IN THE FACE OF THE END OF THE WORLD AND GETS EMOTIONAL ABOUT SUBURBAN UPBRINGINGS.

    DIVE INTO A SILKY SEA OF DECAYING DOLPHINS FILLED WITH TRASH AS DROPS OF ICE-CREAM RUN OFF THE CONE ONTO YOUR FINGERS WITH THE ONE AND ONLY, SUPER TEEN BOBBERS FROM YOUR 2008 WET DREAMS = ***SURFBORT***
    Gözer
    Gözer
    Gözer formed in the fall of 2012, prior to the Mayan end of days. After surviving the apocalypse, the 3 set forth to defend Brooklyn from evil with vicious rock'n'roll.
    Venue Information:
    The Bell House
    149 7th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, 11215
    http://www.thebellhouseny.com/