Three shows

THE HORRORPOPS

WEDNESDAY MAY 6th 2009

The seeds for Danish psychobilly sextet, the HorrorPops, were sewn in 1996 during a gig that found bassist/lead singer Patricia Day’s indie-punk collective Peanut Pump Gun opening for guitarist Kim Nekroman‘s band Nekromantix at POPKOM in Cologne, Germany. The two found that they shared a wealth of mutual interests, both musical and personal, and in an attempt to step outside of their respective genres decided to swap instruments and start a band. The addition of drummer Niedermeier, and second guitarist Caz the Clash, both formerly of (Strawberry Slaughterhouse), rounded out the newly dubbed HorrorPops. In 1998, the band began to play out, attracting audiences with their energetic stage shows that featured go-go girls Mille and Kamilla — co-workers at a piercing shop with Day — and headed into the studio to record demos for a press kit. 2000-2002 saw the group touring and building up a loyal following, eventually signing with Hellcat records.

Recommended If You Like:

The Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, Tiger Army

Record Label: Epitaph

Listen at: www.myspace.com/thehorrorpops

Appearing at The Social With

Longway, 7 Shot Screamers

All Ages 7PM Doors $13adv – $15dos

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The Human Abstract

FRIDAY MAY 8th 2009

When a band takes its name from one of the metaphysical British poet William Blake’s most allegorical and impenetrable poems, they clearly aren’t taking the easy route to fame and fortune. In keeping with their titular inspiration, the Human Abstract favors a brainy, progressive take on contemporary metal and hardcore that looks beyond the usual cars and girls themes. Guitarist Dean Herrera and guitarist and keyboardist A.J. Minette formed the Human Abstract in 2004, adding bassist Kenny Arehart, drummer Brett Powell, and, finally, singer Nathan Ells. Inspired by progressive rockers like Rush and Dream Theater along with heavier contemporary acts like Between the Buried and Me and Minette‘s university music theory training, the Human Abstract recorded a demo and played a number of regional gigs before signing with the local indie Hopeless Records in 2005. Working with producers Eric Rachel and Jamie King, longtime veterans of the Southern California post-hardcore scene, the Human Abstract released their debut album, Nocturne, in August 2006. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

Recommended If You Like:

Between The Buried And Me, The Fall of Troy, Choidos

Record Label: Hopeless Records

Listen at: www.myspace.com/thehumanabstract

Appearing at The Social With

Oh Sleeper, iwrestledabearonce, and Vanna

ALL AGES 3PM Doors $12 advance / $14 day of

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Mice Parade

FRIDAY MAY 8th 2009

The experimental post-rock of New York’s Mice Parade, aka Adam Pierce, blends live instrumentation, layers of overdubs, and intricate percussion into a distinctive, playful sound. Mice Parade‘s 1998 debut single, My Funny Friend Scott, introduced Pierce‘s genre-bending style, which he expanded on with that year’s full-length debut, The True Meaning of Boodleybaye. On 1999’s Ramda, Pierce upped the ante once more by recording the tracks and mixing the album in one take, lending it an improvised feel. Pierce formed a loose recording and touring band around Mice Parade in 2001, the year of Mokoondi, and also added harmonic influences from Africa and India. Vocals were the next frontier, introduced on 2004’s Obrigado Saudade and expanded upon with 2005’s Bem-Vinda Vontade and 2007’s self-titled Mice Parade. ~ All Music Guide

Recommended If You Like:

Caribou, The Sea and Cake, Tortoise

Record Label: FatCat

Listen at: www.myspace.com/miceparade

Appearing at The Social With Tom Brosseau, attachedhands

18+ 9:30PM Doors $12

Remember to clear your schedules for May 21st to see Yip Yip & Mixel Pixel POP OFF. Har har har.