Bat Fangs

Bat Fangs

Beech Creeps, Simon Doom

Fri, February 16, 2018

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Bat Fangs
Bat Fangs
On February 2nd, Don Giovanni Records will release the self-titled debut record by Washington, D.C. / Carrboro, NC super-ghouls, Bat Fangs.
Formed in 2016 by guitarist/singer Betsy Wright (Ex Hex) and drummer Laura King (Flesh Wounds, Speed Stick), the duo specialize in prescription-strength shred and churn meant to stiffen the upper lip and crack the third-eye. Slick and sick visions channeled from the midnight mirror world. Acid-soaked hard-rock to thrill the living and raise dead.
The band began just as Wright’s other gig, Ex Hex, settled down for an extended breather. After two years touring as a bassist, she was eager to reconnect with the electric guitar and to push her pop-songwriting into freakier territory. She sent a few demos to King, who signed on to play drums. Together, they pushed the music into a deeper, more overtly psychedelic space.
Recorded earlier this year, Bat Fangs’ debut includes nine tracks engineered by Mike Montgomery at Candyland Studio in Dayton, Kentucky and mixed by Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, Kurt Vile). Rooted in the pop-metal of time beyond memory, the tunes are spiritually corrupted, but also boldly anthemic. Thunder and feedback meant to demolish the airwaves and unfold the collective cranium.
Beech Creeps
Beech Creeps
Don't fight it-- Beech Creeps will tsunami you.

This 3-piece grungy-grime-rock outfit formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, as a rock-and-roll outlet for veterans of various past and present New York bands, including Ex Models, Pterodactyl, Knyfe Hyts, the Seconds, and Yeasayer. The group released two cassette tapes in rapid-fire succession, followed by the 2015 release of their debut album Beech Creeps (out on Austin, TX label Monofonus Press), which has garnered waves of warm critical praise. Not satisfied with their pedigree, in 2015 Beech Creeps also added Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs to the lineup.

The sound of Beech Creeps is at times sublime, crusty, heavy, swirling, and headbanging. This is music of solid rock, liquid water, floating detritus and violent storms. Lightning and thunder and the beautiful calm that follows. It growls, it screams, it shreds, it thumps, it drives. Yes, you are caught in the ocean whirlpool of rock n' roll.

Beech Creeps have steadily gained a reputation for their wild and energetic live shows, their stage moves, their sonic textures, and their unadorned and instinctual approach to rock music. They have shared stages with the likes of Ty Segall's Fuzz, Guardian Alien, Protomartyr, Oneida, Dan Friel, Spray Paint, Yonatan Gat, Obnox, Kid Congo, Meatbodies, and recently appeared with Thurston Moore and The Men at City Sounds Festival in Paris, France.
Simon Doom
Simon Doom
Simon O’Connor spends his days as the lead guitarist of Kuroma, but that wasn’t always the case. When he first met William Flynn and Jim Carroll at guitar camp at the age of 15, he was going by the name “Simon Doom” (a nom-de-plume courtesy of his then-band, Thulsa Doom). Many years and many bands later, O’Connor would be calling on Flynn (formerly of St. Vincent) and Carroll (Hope Conspiracy) to not only help him become Simon Doom again, but to invite them to play guitar and bass in his new band of the same name. Rounded out by longtime friend and musical collaborator Will Berman (MGMT, Kuroma) on guitar and drummer Brandon Collins(Apse), the band played their first show in the winter of 2014 at Brooklyn’s now-defunct Glasslands Gallery.

Shortly thereafter, The Replacements‘ Tommy Stinson and MGMT‘s BenGoldwasser separately brought the band into the studio to record tracks that would end up on their debut self titled EP, which was released in the summer of 2015.

The band’s latest offering, the 3-song Negotiate With the Monkey EP, literally found its way to Axis Mundi Records through the wall that its founders' studio shares with Simon's. The label's founders, so enamored with the music that they decided to put it out immediately, were pleased to discover much more music recorded and ready to be shared. Be on the lookout for new EPs and a full-length later this year.

Negotiate With The Monkey loosely takes its title from a poem by Jim Carroll (the poet, no relation to Simon Doom’s Jim Carroll) about dealing with addiction. The EP showcases the group’s nuanced blend of classic power-pop, halcyon-days punk rock and even a touch of melodic hardcore, resulting in what O’Connor terms “‘pop-punk’… if ‘pop-punk’ didn’t mean ‘pop-punk.’” The band recorded the EP themselves, but sought out Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit) to do the mixing. The lead-off track, “Roseate” (a song about O’Connor’s childhood trips to New York’s Museum of Natural History) is prominently featured in the Michael Shannon-starring film Frank & Lola (Universal Pictures), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/