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August 18, 2005

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Here's a bitchin review we just got:

ARI ARI There's a New Sheriff in Town
Friction, 2005
rating: 4/5
reviewer: matty g

styles: spazz, hardcore, punk
others: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Blood Brothers
I didn't even want to go to the show. I was in a super-lazy mood, and all I wanted to do was go home,
lay in bed, and watch a movie or three. After the first band bored my ears off, my apathy only got
worse, and I was about to leave just as Ari Ari took the stage. They then proceeded to completely melt
my face and I had no choice but to leave and hit up an ATM immediately after they were done so I could
score a shirt and this CD that I'm reviewing right... now.

I can't count the number of times a band has blown me away live, but left me extremely disappointed with
the CD (These Arms Are Snakes, I'm looking at you). And while There's a New Sheriff in Town isn't as good
as Ari Ari's incinerating live show, it sure as hell isn't anywhere near being a disappointment. Not only
does it have some of my favorite artwork of the year (think Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone meets
Burn, Piano Island, Burn), it's also got some of my favorite tunes as well.

The whole thing's brief, 12:36 to be exact, but if it were any longer, you'd probably need medical attention
after listening to it. Ari Ari rip through the five songs without letting up the pace once, and never stop in
one place for too long. Normally with a band like this, there are times when I wish they would explore a single
idea further before they leave it in the dust, but every change on There's a New Sheriff in Town feels entirely
appropriate, like the song just might die if they stop moving. Jill (last names are entirely absent from
everything about the band I've found) sounds like a complete madwoman, and you can just imagine her grabbing
everyone around her, pleading for help with wide eyes and a look of confused desperation on her face as she
shouts her way through the songs. (Which is exactly how she performs. You really need to check them out live.)
There are moments like on "Liquored Up and At 'Em" (oh yeah, their song titles are pretty aces too), where Jill
loses any sense of sanity and her voice rips through your head like a buzzsaw. I wish I were exaggerating, but
I'm not; she seriously sounds like she's going to rip you the fuck apart.

Acting as the backbone, Mark's synthesizer lays a solid foundation for Ryan's
experimental-hardcore-art-punk-spaced-out-whatever guitar workouts and Brandon's acrobatic drumming.
Everything comes together perfectly in a spazzy mess and with Jill's vocals they form like Voltron into a vicious
rock beast with the power of ten normal bands and the capability to completely fuck up your face, much like they
did mine that fateful night. Make sure you've got a good health plan and strap yourself in for one of the best
rides this year from one of the most promising bands I've heard in a while.

Posted by jeff at 6:48 PM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2005


Philly’s own half performance art half sci fi punk rock band MERCURY RADIO THEATER have signed to Friction.
The long awaited new album "The Blue Eyed Model" will be out September 9
This is a co-release with lujo records who have done all kinds of great stuff and will be doing promotion for the album.
They also have really awesome distribution, which we don't...YET.

Posted by jeff at 9:59 PM | Comments (2)

August 11, 2005

Dude Fest

Alright, i think i talked Chad and Tami into working the show i booked at the DAAC on Saturday so i can go to Dudefest. I emailed the guy that set it up and he said i could set up and sell my stuff, so it's business, right?

Actually, i really want to go see Jill from ARI ARI completely ruin dude fest. As far as we know she is the only girl on stage all day out of 14 bands. Do the dudes putting on dude fest know about this? When they find out will they pull out on of those giant hooks and pull her off the stage? Are they going to tolerate her girling up the place like that?

The great thing is that shee's going to blow most of those dudes of the stage.

DUDE FEST line-up:
Breather Resist
Phoenix Bodies
Blame Game
Russian Circles
North Lincoln
In the Face of War
Ari Ari
Dead Lions
Holy Bible

Doors open at Noon and it's $10 to get in until 3pm and then it's $15
after that. The address of the fest is:

Brownsburg Lions Club
Arbuckle Park
200 N Green Street
Brownsburg, IN

Posted by jeff at 2:18 PM | Comments (2)

August 9, 2005

let's see

how this whole blog thing works. Actually I'm just killing time before i go out in the garage and print those fantastic G-RAD t-shirts. It's going to be HOT.

OK, shirts are done, they are HOT and it was HOT.

Posted by jeff at 12:24 PM | Comments (1)