Hemlock Tavern booker, Tony Bedard, has launched a new live events entity called TALENT MOAT that will be presenting shows at different venues around SF. Please join us at The Make-Out Room for a night of top-shelf entertainment featuring:
The Memphis punk powerhouse known as Ex-Cult started six years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. Founders Chris Shaw and MIchael Peery conceived the idea at the legendary Memphis dive the Lamplighter, a 37 person capacity venue where the band would later play its second show. Fast forward to 2018 and the band has toured the continental USA countless times, doing tours with the likes of Ty Segall, OBN IIIs, and Power, in addition to a five week tour of Europe in 2016. Ex-Cults recorded resume reads like a whos who of underground labels, including Goner Records, Castle Face, Famous Class, and most recently, Los Angeles label In The Red Recordings. The bands pummeling third full length, Negative Growth, is available through now through In The Red.
Hazy pop channeled through submarine-fidelity noise. If you were among the fans of their previous records, this remains heavily dissociative music; if it helps to paint the picture, the live band now includes members of Bay Area favorites Rays and Life Stinks, though these recordings here are a whole different grade of barbiturate. Still, take note: from the opening notes of the second track, Unit A, its immediately apparent that bandleader Gladys Bleyle has learned to let his melodic brilliance shine. This is Violent Changes real pop moment, an album of lonesome romanticism on par with Shoes ‘One In Versailles’ and Chris Bells ‘I Am The Cosmos.’ I kid you not, this record is that good
New stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays!