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There hasn’t been a lot going on this blog, simply because senior year is taking its toll on me. Everyone going through the college process can understand me when I say I am currently overwhelmingly busy, mentally and schedually (is that a word?). However, I have found a stroke of inspiration from this brain tornado that has been every day of the past month or so to listen to and write more new music! So I guess in a weird way, thanks college process and senior year for driving me to a point of mental exhaustion where creativity is the only answer to infinite thoughts! YAY!
ANNNNYYWAYYYS….. here’s the scene update:
Nick Owen has hosted not one, but TWO basement shows since the last update. The first was the day before school started, which was an incredible way to officially say goodbye to summer. On August 29th, Young Buffy, Beautiful Woman, Boxed Water and Lydia Deetz. Beautiful Woman had a wondrous set with their awesome distinctive sound. It was my first time seeing Lydia Deetz and Young Buffy, and I was quite happy that I did. Boxed Water had an awesome set and I was thrilled to hear what they’ve been coming up with. They were the only Concord peeps playing, and Young Buffy came all the way from Philly!
On September 22nd Nick Owen hosted and played at another one. These gigs are honestly some of my favorites. Every single time I attend a show or play in Nick’s basement, there’s this amazing connection I feel to everyone’s music and everyone in general. It is quite a magical place for me, given that the first Nick Owen basement show was also my first Concord DIY show I had ever attended as a freshman in high school. That basement is also the homeland of the Sarcasm EP, as well as all of Nick’s albums that he has recorded himself. I hear there’s a bunch of cool shit with some new bands that will come out of there soon!
The show was a magnificent combination of sounds and a warm atmosphere. The four bands that played could not have been more different, yet I believe that is precisely what makes the Concord scene the Concord scene. Iris kicked it off with her absolutely beautiful music that I somehow love even more every time I hear her play. Next up was a brand spankin new band: Trop Popica. Although their name resembles that one online game you may have played for a few months in fifth grade and forgot about, they were absolutely unforgettable. They have a super fun and classic punk type sound and even did an acoustic folkish-type song featuring a rad banjo and a sick upright bass (I am being very vague here with my choice of words, as each of the three originals they played was quite unique from the other). I am wildly excited to hear more of their stuff in the future and so so hyped to listen to the new EP that they are currently working on. Boxed Water unfortunately had to drop the gig this time, but don’t worry; those scintillating screaming hooligans have absolutely sick stuff coming up. Beautiful Woman had an awesome set as well, including a few songs with Nick Owen on drums! Although they’re not Concord natives, you cans see that you can often catch them playing an awesome set at several Nick Owen basement shows. Finally, Nick closed the show and it was the first time I had heard him play with Jack Kerwin on drums. Jack is a phenomenal drummer and they had an insanely tight set.
Speaking of Nick Owen, he just recently dropped a new 3 song EP entitled “cut and dry.” The three songs are poetic and flow wonderfully. Each one features Nick’s intense vocals paired with driven feel and minimal instrumentation. You need to give this a listen if you haven’t yet.
On the same day that Nick released his new EP, Sarcasm also released ours! I have to thank Nick and James both one more time here because I love you guys ❤ We recorded this live in Nick’s basement and I could not be happier with how it turned out. The four songs post-punky/hardcore type songs go from lightest to heaviest and each one was so much fun to play and to write. I am overjoyed 🙂
There’s a ton of incredibly exciting stuff coming! On Friday the 13th WIQH is hosting a benefit show for hurricane victims. The setlist is TBA and more info will be given soon! We’re also hoping to host another one of our open mics in the future as well.
Annie Selle is about to step into the studio with her marvelous new album that she is currently working on. I have heard a few of the songs and it is so fantastic and so Annie 🙂 I’m also working on my solo EP which should hopefully be out sometime in November. Trop Popica is coming out with a new EP soon! Boxed Water is working on new stuff! There’s a bunch of awesome new groups with amazing new music! THE SCENE IS HOPPING, GUYS!
It’s pretty fricken cool.