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Photos by Don Marietta
MOUTH WASHINGTON (Maine)
“Since their inception in 2011, Mouth Washington have always been one of Portland’s scrappiest bands. Brothers Max and Zach Hansen, founding members of the band, are instantly likeable and totally unpredictable dudes with a penchant for mischief, the stuff punk rock dreams are made of. The revolving door cast of characters they’ve enlisted to be their sidemen, too, have always seemed like a lovable gang of freaks. Their stage shows are wild, possessing a gleefully reckless sense of aggression that sometimes threatened to overshadow the songs themselves in the outfit’s early days. And, if ever there was a problem in the Mouth Washington institution, it was that the boys’ reputation for rowdiness may have occasionally preceded them. Don’t Mean, Mouth Washington’s latest, is a genuine kick in the face, in the good way. It’s a sharply realized set of tunes that focuses on songwriting first and foremost, and proves the band to be more than just a brilliantly manic bundle of energy.” – Jakob Battick, The Portland Phoenix
ACTION BEAT (United Kingdom) + G.W. SOK (Netherlands)
Action Beat are an improvisational noise rock act from Bletchley, UK – who usually perform with 1-4 drummers and an inordinate amount of guitarists, now fronted by G.W. Sok of Dutch post-punk legends THE EX. They began playing together in 2004, and have played over 600 shows throughout Europe, releasing work through noteworthy labels such as Southern Records. This is their first U.S.Tour.
OPENING BELL (New York)
Opening Bell are a three-piece from NYC, whose members have collectively performed and recorded in countless underground bands over the years. They have accumulated too many touring miles to count throughout too many parts of the world to remember. This project has them exploring new realms of challenging sound while maintaining footing in the worlds of heavy, meditative and electronic musics.