Cheater Slicks, Liquor Store, Atlantic Thrills, Home Blitz

Sat, April 29, 2017

7:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$15.00 – $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Similar to Nikola Tesla, Leif Erikson and Kalashnikov – trail-blazers who received either nothing or ridicule for the pioneering efforts – Welsh musician/producer Laurice went unnoticed and was forced to watch from the terraces as an entire genre’s worth of musicians made millions passing through the hole he opened in the border fence separating tuff psychedelia and camp glam rock. Known to collectors for a handful of some of the most aberrantly catchy yet lyrically un-commercial 45s of all-time (sample titles: ‘Flying Saucers Have Landed,’ ‘I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In’, Laurice’s signature style and approach anticipated both punk thrash and post-punk disco trash. And, unlike Bowie and Bolan, Laurice wasn’t just pouting and putting on make-up for the camera.
Now, nearly 50 years later, Laurice shows no signs of stopping and is back with a second installment of demo material deemed unfit for mass consumption in the soft, straight, progressive 70s. These songs have finally been given their green light to assault the virginal ears of the world. Amazing, self-spun gems cut as demos in studios like Apple and Abbey Road. And don’t think the divine Mister L doesn’t have more in his personal peepshow booth to tease you with either. Later this year, Laurice will unleash an album of all-new material, reverently and respectfully entitled G.A.Y.D.A.R.

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Cheater Slicks
Formed in Boston in 1987, Cheater Slicks have released a couple dozen records and toured extensively. In 1996, they moved to Columbus, OH where they’ve cemented their reputation as noisy drunks.
Liquor Store
Yeah Buddy. Two words that might mean nothing to some, but for true believers of righteous American style living, two words that signify a call to arms, a rallying cry of affirmation to all who crave the finest things in life: free pizza, cold beer and lovely ladies. That “Yeah Buddy” was also the title of Liquor Store’s critically acclaimed debut LP is certainly no coincidence. There is no band operating today that epitomizes those cornerstones upon which all great rock’n’roll is built, no band more ready to haul the half-dead carcass of American rock music upon its shoulders and carry it through the warzone that is 2013’s “music scene” than Northern New Jersey’s finest export, the mighty Liquor Store.

To list the band’s credentials is simply giving you a rundown of some of the finest acts of the past decade’s rock underground – Home Blitz, VCR, Livefastdie, Terrible Twos, Titus Andronicus, to name a few – but Liquor Store are more than a mere underground band. They’re taking guitar music out of the garages, basements and bedrooms and are bringing it back to street level, back to the people and, if there is any justice or sanity left in these scary times, back to the arenas where it belongs. Liquor Store are packing as many guitars on stage, writing as many tough and hooky anthems and shotgunning as many beers as they possibly can in order to serve the masses what they rightfully deserve and honestly need. Just like The Dictators, Blue Oyster Cult and Van Halen did before them, Liquor Store are here to deliver the hot rock’n’roll injection all red-blooded American souls crave.

With their second LP, “In the Garden”, already in the can and being readied for release by NYC’s Almost Ready Records, Liquor Store sit at the precipice of rock’n’roll legend, ready and waiting to carve out their place in the hall of fame and do their duty as the Next Big Thing. Their previous hit records, sold-out shows, festival appearances and Vice magazine features were prologue, the beginning stage for what is coming. Notify ATP, Coachella, Spin and Rolling Stone (and the Rolling Stones themselves) that Liquor Store are here, in the now, and ready to fight, party and play their way across the country and into history. I believe it was Mr. Handsome Dick Manitoba himself who once asked the question “Who will save rock’n’roll?” After years of pretenders and coulda-been-contenders we have finally have the answer: LIQUOR STORE. YEAH BUDDY.
Atlantic Thrills
“Garage Rock” has been cut up into so many subgenres and had its gene pool polluted to the point where it’s difficult to remember what an honest to goodness garage band even sounds like anymore. Let Atlantic Thrills remind you. There are a lot of groups today playing in one corner of the genre, playing the same old song over and over – some do it well, some not. But there aren’t many bands that can play across the board, any style – agitated punkers, reverb-drenched wailers, drug-soaked psych-outs, beach party anthems, moody slow burners, twanged-up poppers – the Thrills provide you with all of that, and in spades. As great as “Day At The Beach” was as a single, don’t let it fool you into thinking these guys are all sunshine and kegs – there’s lots to brood on here, plenty of shadows and alleys to wander in the midst of the partying and dancing. Good and evil, yin and yang, uppers and downers, rock and roll, Atlantic Thrills play it all across the duration of this LP, a hot dozen cooked to perfection in the studio and laid on wax for your pleasure. One of the best true garage rock records to come down the pike in some time, and perfect listening to help make spring and summer seem that much closer – or at least keep you warm until then.
Home Blitz
While DiMaggio is — unquestionably — the leader of Home Blitz, other musicians did add their support to the project, which was a lo-fi exploration of stripped-down pop. In 2007, through the label Gulcher, Home Blitz returned with a full-length affair, a 17-track CD entitled — simply — Home Blitz. ~ Chris True
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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