This weekend is DC's awesome label Windian Records 3rd Anniversary and just about all the labelmates will be playing live at the Montserrat House on both April 6th & 7th!
Repping DC tonight are stoner garage punks Suns of Guns (who have a 4 track 7" EP coming soon,) and garage/indie rockers Foul Swoops who are currently working on a new release. They're all joined by Windian Records' The Penetrators, the Bizarros, and Paint Fumes- so a good night of garage and punk all around!
Tomorrow on the same stage the DC garage punk continues with The Shirks (who's 3 Songs 7" is available now, and check out a track below,) Thee Lolitas (7" out on Arnold Records,) and some lo-fi action from the Doozies. Also from Windian that night will be The Psyched and Static Eyes, so be there!
Friendly People’s debut, self-titled 3-song EP gives a concise taste of a promising young Cambridge, MA-based band. Their jangly indie pop is peppered with hints of Americana, roots rock and folk with vocals that owe a debt to Neil Young. The EP’s clear highlight is its opening track—their namesake song—“Friendly People”. It’s a tremendous, positive track buoyed by a horn section in the bridge which lends a mariachi feel. “A Lot of Work To Do” brings out Harvest-era Neil Young, starting as a plaintive acoustic ditty which builds slowly into a passionate electric number. Closing track, “Branches”, follows the same acoustic-to-electric path. As the song builds, it introduces tribal rhythms that are reminiscent of 80s indie-punk legends, the Volcano Suns. Friendly People are scheduled to record their debut full-length in March. If the Friendly People EP is indicative of what we can expect from this young group’s next batch of tunes it will be a record to keep an eye on later in 2012.--George Dow