Friday, December 4, 2009

Tomorrow in Palmer

At Diamond Junction Bowling Lanes, 1446 Main St , Palmer, MA:

Parts & Labor

Death Vessel

Tumble Cat Poof Poofy Poof

The Needy Visions

with DJ sets by Party Master Policy

Palmer, MA – When Parts & Labor started playing shows back in 2002, their heavily distorted, anthemic rock seemed to have a whole lot more to do with the great bands that existed during the 10 years before Nirvana broke punk music into the mainstream than anything that had come out of the underground in the 10 years since. Now some 7 years later, it’s turns out Parts & Labor were just ahead of the curve as they now lead a pack of new American underground rock bands cropping up across the country from their native Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA. Packing all the power and passion of Husker Du but updating their sound with a noisy, distinctly post-millennial bent, Parts & Labor have released one fantastic record after another over the latter half of this decade from 2006’s propulsive Stay Afraid to 2007’s landmark Mapmaker to the steady build of 2008’s excellent Receivers. No strangers to western Massachusetts (Dan Friel, singer/keyboardist/sometimes guitarist, is originally from Amherst), Parts & Labor return to this side of the state bringing their power, passion and circuit-bent keyboards to the Diamond Junction Bowling Lanes in Palmer, MA.

Joel Thibodeau, the sole man behind Providence, RI’s Death Vessel, is a man of many awesome contradictions. Despite his formidable stage name, he is not necessarily an imposing character. Short in stature and singing in an effortless falsetto of the highest register, Thibodeau has been using that gorgeously pitched voice over his gently picked guitar to leave crowds slack jawed for a number of years now. Still reeling from the success of 2008’s Nothing is Precious Enough for Us released on Seattle’s notable Sub Pop Records, Death Vessel brings his somewhat old-timey, somewhat otherworldly country-folk back to Palmer for an encore performance to some truly memorable Shed gigs a few years back.

It’s an unlikely pairing for sure, but these kinds of mixed-bag shows have been what the Old Store/Shed folks have made a name for themselves for going on 11 years now. Supporting the two headliners will be local performer and genuinely nice guy Tumble Cat Poof Poofy Poof who manipulates prerecorded keyboard sounds through beat-up boomboxes, tells stories, and sometimes sings a song. In addition, indie-psych band Needy Visions from Boston will kick the night off.

News Flash: Our scene is getting old -- High schoolers get in for $5! Youth target.

The Old Store + The Shed + Bowling Shows

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