Pomegranates, The Hounds Below

Pomegranates

The Hounds Below

Black Dirty

Thu, November 15, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Pomegranates
Pomegranates
Pomegranates are a band from Cincinnati that began as a project between two friends, Jacob Merritt and Isaac Karns, eventually growing into a four-piece with Joey Cook and, most recently, Curt Kiser. Over a span of four years, the band released four albums, which drew the attention of independent radio stations like KEXP, WOXY, and KCRW, and critical praise from the likes of the NY Times, AP, and Spin magazine for the band’s very sudden and prodigious growth in sound.


What is that sound? If the world could lean in and hear the sound of a pomegranate slowly opening up to the world, this is probably something close to what it would sound like. On songs like “Beachcomber” and “Everybody, Come Outside!,” guitars and keyboards shimmer and shine, but never in the lazy, hazy ways of so many bands today.

Jacob Merritt’s propulsive drumming keeps a nimble pace; while Joey Cook’s clear tenor and Isaac Karn’s more forceful vocals bounce off of each other atop the mix. Time signatures leap in and out and jewelled tangents appear around every corner, but the songs always retain an upbeat and compact sentiment that belongs in the same sentence with The Beach Boys, Spoon, and French Kicks, the latter two with whom the band has already toured.

Having notched off those tours, as well as further legs with Islands and Blitzen Trapper, the band recorded their third LP, One of Us, with TJ Lipple at The Monastery in Cincinnati. Having cited inspirations like Spiritualized and Talking Heads for their work so far, the band’s new “psychedelic dream rock” album looks to push further down experimental roads, with descriptors like “textured,” “unusual,” and “challenging” entering the conversation.
The Hounds Below
The Hounds Below
Featuring Jason Stollsteimer (The Von Bondies), this Michigan four-piece blends angular post-punk, rock and the balladeers of yesterday, mastering the art of mature indie- pop while still winking at youth's never-ending need to wave a flag of revolt. The result is a modern love letter to the masses that manages to paint a canvas of regret detailing wasted days and blurry nights.
Black Dirty
Black Dirty
BLACK DIRTY is an all original four-piece indie band from Southern New Jersey. Just across the bridge is the city of Philadelphia, where the band has seemingly taken reign as "The Next Big Thing". Forming in August of 2011, the band played together for almost an entire year before stepping foot onto a sage. Once finding their sound, and perfecting it, BLACK DIRTY has taken Philadelphia's indie mus
ic scene to a whole new level.

As they takes the stage audience members are met head on with in-your-face, athletic drumming, thick and thumping bass lines, and soothing vocal melodies that seem to dance through the air. All of these ingredients are tightly packed together to support the complexity and intensity of interlocking guitar parts where one seems to lose himself just trying to figure it all out.

In a word, BLACK DIRTY is "fierce."
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107