ALEXISONFIRE, Trash Talk, Therefore I Am, La Disupte at Emo’s 5/5
For four years now, one of Austin radio’s top programs, NO CONTROL on 101x, has supplied us with metal music from bands that (as they so artfully describe it) “melt your faces”. Next Wednesday, May 5th, the radio station is bringing ALEXISONFIRE, Trash Talk, Therefore I Am, and La Dispute to Emo’s for a night of metal music and rock mayhem, starting at 7 PM at one of Austin’s favorite music venues–Emo’s.
La Dispute–a five-piece band from Grand Rapids, Michigan–has had their music called everything from Post-Hardcore to Progressive Rock and Screamo. Formed back in the summer of 2004, the group has had common goal to create music with both technical and thematic depth, while avoiding a sound that is obnoxious or juvenile. Drawing influence from things that surround them every day–people, books, religion, and the hardware store they practice in–La Dispute comes to Austin, living out their dream–playing and writing their own music inspired by their own visions.
Fully embracing the DIY model (form band, hit the road, build a following), Therefore I Am describes themselves as “a rock band stuck between the hardcore scene and the pop/indie/screamo scene.” They focus on writing “intelligent rock music” that’s “heavy without being super-slick pop.” Over the past years, they’ve toured with bands like As Tall As Lions and The Receiving End Of Sirens, and credit their talent as capable of sharing the stage with an eclectic array of groups. They are inspired by bands of old–those who made music for its own sake, and next Wednesday, they’ll play with this in mind. Like they have said before, “Take us as we are. This is us. This is it. No bullshit.”
As a thrash punk outfit based in Sacramento, California, Trash Talk has seen their “aggressive punk rock” star rise quickly over the past few years. Formed five years ago, the band has put out an album, published a book, and set insane touring schedules (200 shows in 2009 alone), and with the upcoming release of their second album, the quartet just keeps on going. While influenced by everything from Bad Brains to Black Flag (along with Miles Davis and John Coltrane), the band has voiced their commitment to pushing the envelope and keeping their stuff fresh and original.
And finally, headlining the show on Wednesday, ALEXISONFIRE is a 5-piece Post-Hardcore band, hailing from St. Catharines, Ontario. Creating the group back in 2001, the band has released four studio albums and received numerous nominations (and wins) from some of Canada’s top music events over the past nine years. They have described their music as “the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife fight”, and this sound led them out of the metal underground, impressing critics and landing then a certified gold debut album. Their two following albums both achieved platinum certification in Canada, and their most recent release (Old Crows/Young Cardinals) in 2009 was nominated for Album of the Year at the XM Verge Awards. Although they’ve had their separate side projects, ALEXISONFIRE continues to churn out new explosive tunes (a new EP should be out this September). As they’ve matured over the years since their inception, the band comes to town next week with their “intriguing layers (both vocally and instrumentally), aggressive movements, and, most importantly, strong and cohesive melodic structure” that will surely rock everyone’s heads off.
Thanks to NO CONTROL, these four bands come in NEXT WEDNESDAY to put on a show you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To find out how to get them, head over to the Do512 event page! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!