Tuesday, May 24, 2016

False Punk's homecoming a loaded rager with Socialite, Ian Iachimoe, Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Crit (Uncle Lou's)

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND 
click to enlarge False Punk at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • False Punk at Uncle Lou's
False Punk alone are always worth the price of admission. In terms of who the city’s most electrifying punk band is right now, they’re still kings of the mountain with no credible threat on the horizon. It’s not because there aren’t enough legit contenders – there are – it’s just that they’re that good.
click to enlarge Socialite at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Socialite at Uncle Lou's
The homecoming show (May 22, Uncle Lou’s) for their East Coast tour was one of those events whose turnout and energy reassure me that all will be OK with the world. Then again, it never hurts when you pad the bill with so much quality and variety. Locally, they tapped rising young melody punks Crit and instrumental surf traditionalists Thee Wilt Chamberlain.
click to enlarge Crit at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Crit at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Thee Wilt Chamberlain at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Thee Wilt Chamberlain at Uncle Lou's
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on Thee Wilt Chamberlain and, in that time, they’ve perfected their craft. By now, they’ve really got their thing down, with patina and atmosphere so complete and enveloping that they make stepping into Uncle Lou’s feel like a scene in a Tarantino film. Thee Wilt Chamberlain may be the only pure surf-rock band in Orlando but it would take a seriously exceptional practitioner to topple their reign as the best.
click to enlarge Socialite at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Socialite at Uncle Lou's
But in kindred spirit with the headliner, it was the imported bands that brought the heft and the fury. It took Jade Tree band and False Punk tourmates Socialite all of about 15 seconds to peel the lid off the joint. The beautifully blared and elemental hardcore of this Philadelphia crew isn’t trying to expand the form outward, it’s distilling it back to its essence. In tapping that pure marrow, they’re one of those bands that actually reaffirms the fundamental eternity of punk rock rather than just perpetuates its fashion. So, naturally, shit got a little crazy. Bodies flew, ceiling tiles got knocked out, it was live.
click to enlarge Socialite at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Socialite at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Socialite at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Socialite at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Socialite at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Socialite at Uncle Lou's
Still, you can’t undersell invention, especially when you’re face-to-face with an act like Ian Iachimoe – not the mysterious Paul McCartney pseudonym but the intensely captivating Ft. Lauderdale two-piece band. As a headlong duo that kicks with the twin barrels of noise and punk, the Lightning Bolt comparison is facile but appropriate. While Lighting Bolt rides the frenzy, however, the bass-and-drums assault of Ian Iachimoe gets heavy and hairy like a sludgy, fuzz-thick, bottom-heavy cousin that’s every shred as thrilling as it looks on paper. With the cumulative impact of dynamics, power and that pulse-jacking torque so signature of duos, they show the real mileage of a two-piece when you put some brains and guts into it. Download their latest music for free here
click to enlarge Ian Iachimoe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Ian Iachimoe at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Ian Iachimoe at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ian Iachimoe at Uncle Lou's

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