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Mod Gun -- Fools

Fools, released in October 2011, is the latest release from Boston-based Mod Gun. After listening to the entire record, it became very clear to me that the band draws on a multitude of influences to achieve their sound. The opening track, “Boxes,” sounds as though Chris Martin wrote a song and had it orchestrated and performed by Built to Spill. The band immediately switches gears on the second track, “Fools.” This song opens with a Jimi Hendrix-inspired riff, bursting into a 90s indie-rock, gang vocal chorus. Mod Gun has an excellent grasp of dynamics—the entire record is full of changes from soft to loud, loud to soft, and everything in between.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Mrs. Lansbury.” In addition to their manipulation of dynamics, I found their use of an instrumental chorus quite effective. The opening riff of the song is repeated at various times throughout the track, adding a more hard rock/stoner rock vibe to this tune.

I was also impressed with the fifth track, “Coming Back.” This song takes a more experimental/At The Drive-In approach with powerful vocals and huge, effects-laden guitars. The guitar work on the entire record is quite good; the guitars always seem to play just enough—they don’t over do it with five-minute solos, but they aren’t afraid to show off their chops either.

Overall, I would say Fools is a well-thought out and executed record. The band is able to take ideas from a wide range of styles and unite them under one cohesive, energetic sound. Fools is available for free download at the Mod Gun bandcamp site. If you like what you hear and want to check the band out in person, head on over to P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville on March 16 where Mod Gun will be performing live for your listening pleasure.--Daniel McMahon

TONIGHT! The Deli's UN/OFF party: Reptar, Body Language, The Stepkids, Lucius, Radiation City, Madi Diaz, Gangstagrass, Vacationer, ARMS, + lots more

This year The Deli is in Austin during the unmentionable festival with a 2 stage party on Thursday March 15 (that's tonight!) at the Gypsy Lounge in the East Side!

Awesome dancey bands on the outdoors stage will tempt the audience to some wild booty shakin' action, while indoors fantastic rock and alt folk acts will alternatively punch you and sooth your soul. Check this lineup out and (if you are going to be in Austin) do not miss! -

This is a free event (no badge required) but please RSVP here to get priority access.

OUTDOORS STAGE
11pm Reptar (Atlanta)
10pm Body Language (NYC/CT)
9pm The Stepkids (NYC/CT)
8pm Gangstagrass (NYC)
7pm Vacationer (Philly)

INDOORS STAGE
1:30 Diavel (NYC)
12:45 BK & Mr. E (Austin)
12:00 ARMS (NYC)
11:15 Madi Diaz (Nashville)
10:30 Radiation City (portland)
9:45 Lucius (NYC)
9:00 Onward Soldiers (NC)
8:20 Loquat (SF)
7:40 The Veda Rays (NYC)
7:00 Jay Stolar (NYC)

RSVP HERE!!!

The Deli's Staff

Concert Review: A Wilhelm Scream, Less Than Jake -- Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 @ The Middle East Downstairs

A Wilhelm Scream played in front of a packed house of nearly six hundred people at The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA this past Sunday night, February 19. The show marked the start of a three-month long tour spanning the globe from Cambridge to Moscow to Montreal. During that time, the band will also be sharing some dates with Sunday’s headliner (and ska/punk veterans) Less Than Jake.

Based on previous performances, I would say Wilhelm are certainly a worthy candidate to share the stage with a band as accomplished as Less Than Jake, and Sunday’s performance was no exception...

Click here to read the rest of Daniel McMahon's review.

Photo Credit: Nicholas Santos

 

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Concert Review: A Wilhelm Scream, Less Than Jake -- Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 @ The Middle East Downstairs
by Daniel McMahon

A Wilhelm Scream played in front of a packed house of nearly six hundred people at The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA this past Sunday night, February 19. The show marked the start of a three-month long tour spanning the globe from Cambridge to Moscow to Montreal. During that time, the band will also be sharing some dates with Sunday’s headliner (and ska/punk veterans) Less Than Jake.

Based on previous performances, I would say Wilhelm are certainly a worthy candidate to share the stage with a band as accomplished as Less Than Jake, and Sunday’s performance was no exception. Wilhelm played with great intensity and excitement, trying to cram as much material into a thirty-minute time slot as they possibly could. When a fan shouted out a request for “Hike” (the opening track on one of the band’s earlier recordings, Benefits of Thinking Out Loud), lead singer Nuno Pereira paused, proclaimed that the band had only been playing for eighteen minutes, and launched into the song.

I am always impressed when I see A Wilhelm Scream; their stage presence and genuine appreciation for playing music is certainly visible to their fans, who in turn get more amped up, causing the band to play faster and with more vigor. Although Wilhelm were only one of three openers for headliner Less Than Jake, the crowd remained hooked on every song the band played as though Wilhelm were the only band playing that night. Crowd-surfers bobbed up and down in the sea of people and the mosh pit seemed to be non-stop for their entire set. If this gig is any indication, Wilhem is sure to have one heck of an action-packed tour ahead of them.

I was particularly surprised by the two bands on the bill that I had never heard of before: Flatfoot 56 and Samiam. Both Flatfoot and Samiam are part of the Less Than Jake spring tour that also began Sunday. Flatfoot, a self-proclaimed “Celtic punk” band out of Chicago, Il, were quite impressive to watch. Between their use of a mandolin, gang vocals and members switching instruments during their set, it was quite obvious that the band knew how to execute a gig and enjoyed being in front of a crowd. After playing just a couple of songs, lead singer Tobin Bawinkel felt there was not enough audience participation and informed the crowd that “The person next to you is definitely not cooler than you, and we certainly aren’t cooler than you.” in an effort to encourage the audience to let loose and have a good time. The crowd immediately responded, moving closer to the stage and starting a mosh pit on the very next song.

I must admit that my punk education is spotty, because I was unaware that Samiam had been around since 1988. Their set, a mix of straight-forward punk with a splash of emo, had the audience fully engaged throughout their time on stage. I felt that their stage presence was a little weak, especially compared to Less Than Jake, who followed them in the line-up.

Less Than Jake put on a stellar performance, especially for a group of guys in their late thirties. They had the crowd dancing, crowd-surfing and jumping up and down for every second of their hour-and-fifteen-minute set. Their performance was so tight that it was clear they haven’t lost a step during their twenty-year career. They played a good mix of both old and new material, appealing to both seasoned and rookie fans.

Less Than Jake were very appreciative of the audience throughout the entire set, even taking the time to invite two members of the crowd on-stage to compete in a “contest.” One at a time, in a manner resembling an episode of The Price Is Right (pre-Drew Carey, of course) the audience members were put into a clear plastic rectangle while hundreds of fake dollars were blown about inside the chamber. Each person had under a minute to grab as much “money” as they could during the time it took the band to play the Animaniacs and Spongebob Squarepants theme songs, respectively. Whichever person was able to grab the most “money” received prizes from the band’s merch table.

Overall, all four bands played an excellent show. The combined energy levels from all four groups, coupled with the crowd’s intensity, made for a truly enjoyable experience. I would most certainly recommend checking out all four groups next time they come near your home state. More info about each band and their upcoming tour dates can be found on http://www.facebook.com/awilhelmscream, http://www.flatfoot56.com/home/, http://www.samiamfancy.com/ and http://www.lessthanjake.com/.

 

 
 

A Wilhelm Scream

Photo Credit: Nicholas Santos

 
 
 

 



 

 

 
 
 

 

Justin Levinson and The Valcours @ The Lizard Lounge Saturday, March 10

Justin Levinson and The Valcours will be performing Saturday, March 10 at The Lizard Lounge. The show is celebrating the release of Levinson's latest album, This Side Of Me, This Side Of You, a ten-song ode to love and its repercussions. Dressing his distress in an eclectic mix of piano, loud guitars, horns, strings, and dreamy harmonies, the album also features contributions from acclaimed singer/songwriters Will Dailey (MA), Gregory Douglass (VT), and Liz Longley (PA).

Other supporting acts for The Lizard Lounge appearance include Yellowbirddd (NY) and The Days Weight (MA). Show is 21+ and $10 dollars at the door.

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