Fri. 03.18.16: ASCEND/DESCEND // LEASH // VAULTED // BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN // ANEURYSM

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@ dBasement, Cedar St., Portland, Maine.
$5-$10 suggested donation. 8pm sharp.

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Photos by Michael R. Batchelder


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Ascend/Descend (Massachusetts)
“Boston hardcore earned its brutal reputation through blood, sweat, and more blood long ago, and continues to evolve and thrive. Now, there’s a new kid on the block carrying the torch for aggressive, break-your-teeth hardcore punk—Ascend/Descend, the virulent brainchild of vocalist Michelle Dugan. As guitarist Nicholas Wolf (also of Phantom Glue and Lunglust) told Noisey, “A/D started as a studio project for Michelle Dugan to get some hate out; she had lost her home to a fire. It sort of morphed into a band. Sonically, it’s an homage to old school hardcore records. The record focus strongly on how it feels to have things taken from you—your home, sense of security, your identity.”

Recorded by American Nightmare alum (and Ascend/Descend drummer) Alex Garcia-Rivera at his all-analog studio, Mystic Valley Studios, Murdock Street roars through seven songs at breakneck speed, emphasizing the “punk” aspect of their sound with crusty gallops, dark moments of tension, and Dugan’s pained howl. The band is rounded out by bassist Max Holbrook (of Math the Band), and to complete the DIY circle, Dugan handled all the artwork herself.” – Noisey


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Leash (New Hampshire/Maine)
“Shit. I just had to jump on here and post about this Demo I just heard from a new band called Leash. It’s 6 songs of absolutely punishing D-Beat Punk DONE RIGHT. Leash is from Portsmouth, NH and features members of Ramlord, Ultra//Negative, Vaast & Erotic City Blues Band. Their short description of themselves is: “we do drugs and listen to discharge and carcass. kill every fucking human.” Mandatory listening.” – Deadpulpit.com


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Vaulted (Massachusetts)
Boston aggression. ’nuff said.


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Born Under A Bad Sign (Maine)
This will be Born Under’s first hometown show in over a year. Eight years strong, the band unabashedly forges forward as the black sheep of Portland hardcore. Not to be missed.


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Aneurysm (Massachusetts)
As a last-minute addition to this bill, Aneurysm open the night as they spend the weekend on tour in southern and central Maine.

“Boston’s Aneurysm are sharing the premiere of “Veronica,” the title track from their upcoming EP of the same name. SPIN premiered the noise punk onslaught today, with a ringing endorsement, “sickly feedback and squelched vocals, this new cut does a solid approximation of the Jesus Lizard’s seediness, but with a muscular locomotion that’d make the current Toronto scuzz-punks in Metz proud.”

“Veronica” finds Aneurysm (feat. members of defunct hardcore band The_Network) at their filthiest, trading in the grunge sound of their debut for something more menacing and depraved. The band blend post-hardcore, punk, and noise rock together for an aggressive assault complemented by a catchy hook and a crushing rhythmic intensity. Since the release of Stop This Ride, the band’s debut EP just this past August, the band have been buzzing in the punk/noise and post-hardcore circles throughout the summer thanks to features with Noisey and Brooklyn Vegan as well as opening slots for Algiers and Dark Blue. Luckily for us, Aneurysm aren’t showing any signs of slowing down and they’re only getting better. A lot better… and fast.” – Fearless Radio

 

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