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Seismic Thrust

"Be Cool" w/Seismic Thrust at Hong Kong Garden Jan. 10

The luridly named Seismic Thrust are something straight out of the 90's neo-psychedelia movement. Holding influences from The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (without the propensity for long-winded names) close to their chests, Seismic Thrust carries you back to the subcultural tradition of gritty, drug-fueled Americana. Their sound ranges from body to head high - think Take It From The Man to Methodrone - the former taking the shape of old, dusty, culturally ingrained garage and blues melodies, and breathing fresh smoke into their lungs. The result is scruffy-edged, paisley-through-dark-glasses music that knows it’s too cool for school. In other tunes, Seismic Thrust swaps their shuffling rhythm and grounded tones for a hazy drone that suspends the movement of the set and drops some Visine in your third eye. How bout that? Seismic Thrust will be playing Hong Kong Garden tonight accompanied by Emmett Drueding, who follows in the same vein of American grit. Also performing on the bill will be Dead, the token weirdo-rockers of the night, and Buffalo Tomoreaux. Hong Kong Garden, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock


Seismic Thrust Tape Release Show at Venue Boy Aug. 1

Seismic Thrust generates a potent mixture of sound with their new EP Be Cool, which will be available on cassette, via King Pizza Records, this evening at Venue Boy. The band delivers that thick, sludgy, engulfing cloud of haze as snarling bass and residual-ringing guitar are cooled and mellowed by vocals, which are unearthed from a guttural place and still stretched in a soothing manner. It’s grungy, smoke-filled psych with a crisp fresh percussive snap and a lingering jangle that peers through to the other side. Tonight, Seismic Thrust begins a nine-date run with New York psych-punk quartet Chimes, who blends alluring vocals and instrumental raw force. The sincere, emotively-exposed songs of Pill Friends kick of the evening. Venue Boy, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita


New Seismic Thrust EP Available for Streaming

Psych-pop four-piece Seismic Thrust has a new EP Be Cool that is currently available for streaming below. The album will be officially released on cassette on August 1 via New York's King Pizza Records. Be Cool has a gritty, earthy vibe with a sticky pop residue. You can catch the band this Saturday at Venue Boy for the band's tape release show, which also includes Pill Friends and Chimes.


Hello Shark Radiates at Everybody Hits June 12

There’s internal strength that radiates from Hello Shark’s ability to create songs that provide a truly personal point of view. That ability to expose vulnerability and spin it out of the dark corners of one’s mind into a better, brighter space in those odd yet beautiful lyrical images is a rare gift. Tonight, at Everybody Hits, Hello Shark will be joined in by Peter Gill’s alt-country-folk sound known as Friendship, coating engaging narratives in sparse instrumentation. Abi Reimold’s haunting folk that takes on elements of an imposing storm is also set to perform, potentially showcasing new material, while psych-pop trio Seismic Thrust completes the evening of local talent. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Get Psyched w/The Orange Drop at Bourbon & Branch April 20

After releasing a new EP Have You Got It Yet? earlier this year, recorded with producer Jeff Zeigler and with a new addition of Peter Stanko (Sweet Island) on guitar, The Orange Drop are set to make their first local appearance of 2015 at Bourbon & Branch. The quartet crafts psychedelic tunes which can manifest a heavier mind-absorbing air as the drone–guitar and persistent percussion meld, forming organic walls of sound around you and Marc-Andre Basile’s clean, conjuring vocals, stretched out in a hypnotic fashion. Psych outfit Seismic Thrust has a calm, jangly groove-expanding vibe, gradually pushing further out as they integrate into their surroundings. Brooklyn-based trio Sky Picnic complete a bill set to place your head in the heavens. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 7pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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