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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Black Eyes and Neckties: “Sorry, This Sweater Vest Is Killing Me.”

posted by on July 26 at 12:10 PM

Black Eyes and Neckties get the Surprise of the Night award—I had heard the morbid Bellingham outfit would be my bag, but I didn’t know they were that entertaining.

Photo by Corey Bayless

They’re all made up like dead people—dark eye make-up, fake blood, fake bruises… they look like their van crashed on tour a year ago, killing everyone inside, and now they just entertain themselves in the afterlife by playing/haunting audiences everywhere.

The keyboards sound huge, like the organ from Disney’s Haunted Mansion. The songs alternate between blazing punk/hardcore and raucous rock with a swagger (a la Murder City Devils). The lyrics are all about scary things, which would probably be more scary if they weren’t delivered by the charismatic, sweater-vest wearing nerd that admits to stealing lines from Kurt Vonnegut books.

BENTBP.jpgPhoto by Corey Bayless

They’re one part Murder City, one part Bloodhag, one part Schoolyard Heroes. They’re also one part crazy Southern Baptist church sermon because the singer does this great move where he rips off his glasses, stomps his feet, wiggles his hips, and shakes his hands high in the air like he’s testifying. Probably to do the devil because God doesn’t like it when bands threaten little kids… “Hide you children! Hide ‘em good! Hide you children like you know you should!”

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"One part Murder City Devils?" Try 30.

Posted by hohoho green giant | July 26, 2008 5:53 PM

Thank you, green giant.

Posted by bunnypuncher | July 26, 2008 8:12 PM

I hate to post this, because I'm inviting being roasted alive. This band has NEVER denied being like Murder City, but their writing is so much better. They're enthusiastic, pour everything they've got into a show and so what if they sound somewhat like another band we all knew and loved?

Posted by allie | July 28, 2008 2:14 PM

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