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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Japanther, Shearing Pinx, Strong Killings @ the Vera Project

posted by on September 18 at 11:50 AM

“We’re going to write more songs about dinosaurs.” Strong Killings know what I want to hear. They know what I want to buy too - their 5 song CD-R demo is packaged inside a homemade comic book by singer/guitarist Nate Mooter. They are a punk band that obviously strives to avoid falling into the same trap as so many of their punk brethren: sounding exactly like all of their influences, perpetuating the same songs again and again because the formula is tried and true. They sing fun but scathing songs (“If you’re too cool, fuck you.”), they play their instruments well, and refuse to be another boring punk band, though they’re rooted in a style that has spawned countless boring impersonators. If Dischord still put out records they should sign these guys.

Vancouver B.C.’s Shearing Pinx avoided border hassle by borrowing friendband Talbot Tagora’s gear for the show, and somehow managed to make Talbot’s already treble heavy set-up even more piercing. There are some big similarities between the bands, but where Talbot would add melody and transfix the listener, Shearing Pink just grind and grate. Their songs showcased high-pitched, tinny string shredding with gross chords over thumping rhythms, transporting me to a land where everything was sharp and made out of silver and I had a headache.


Everybody’s always talking about how cool Japanther is. I saw those dudes in the Shook One’s basement in Bellingham 4 or 5 years ago and it was alright. They sang into phones and played simple, fun songs to a crowd of about ten. Big surprise, their set is a lot more fun when there’s a grip of people losing their shit and having a serious dance party. What a difference a fan-base makes, right? This isn’t the band you see to be wowed by their songs or musicianship, but you know they’re always going to show you a good time. They stuck with their formula over the years and it proved to be an effective one (still singing into phones, using a tape Walkman to play samples), and now they’ve got the all-age dance party on lock down. I hadn’t even heard a Japanther song since seeing them in that basement, and I must say I am pleased after hearing their set to be a tad bit closer to knowing where Little Party and the Bad Business are coming from.

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Woah, I was totally at the same basement show in Bellingham, too.

D Street House. I miss that place a lot.

Posted by Aaron | September 18, 2008 5:28 PM

woot woot strong killings!

Posted by rachealh! | September 19, 2008 10:37 AM

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