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Sunday, September 25, 2022

THICK

Skating Polly

VIAL

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$17 advance, $20 day of show
(and optional $2 ACLU donation at checkout)

All ages welcome

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THICK

THICK

Since first forming in 2014, New York trio THICK have triumphed at turning the harshest truths into wildly exhilarating punk songs. On their second album Happy Now, vocalist/guitarist Nikki Sisti, vocalist/bassist Kate Black, and vocalist/drummer Shari Page deliver their most complex and confessional work yet, exploring everything from self-sabotage and insecurity to victim-blaming and destructive relationships. Raw, irreverent, and brutally honest, Happy Now ultimately offers both joyful catharsis and much-needed instruction for living well in turbulent times.

"Most of our songs lean toward optimism, even when there's a lot of pain in them," says Sisti, who refers to THICK's output as a "living diary." "It's not about toxic positivity or trying to force yourself into happiness; it's about recognizing that it's okay to feel a whole spectrum of emotions, and then getting to the other side and really growing from your experiences."

The follow-up to 5 Years Behind (a 2020 release praised by Under the Rader as a "dazzling debut album...laced with anger, humor, killer guitar riffs, and soaring punk melodies"), Happy Now finds THICK working again with producer Joel Hamilton (Iggy Pop, Juiceboxxx) and recording at Studio G Brooklyn. In a profound evolution of their previous work, the 11-track album encompasses sharper arrangements and stickier hooks and a more explosive energy-an effect often achieved through the sheer force of their three voices singing in unstoppable unison.

Kicking off with a glorious bang, Happy Now opens on the frenetic urgency of "Happiness": a dizzying yet incisive track that sets THICK's self-reflection to a fantastically breakneck rhythm. "That song's about the different ways we seek validation, and how whether you look for it externally or internally, it's never an easy process," says Black. "In the end, it's about being more aware of where we're trying to find happiness." With its brilliant back-and-forth between riotous shouting and impossibly sweet harmonies, "Loser" arrives as a thrilling celebration of hopeless imperfection, cleverly twisting its closing lyric into an unlikely mantra ("I'll always be a loser"). "Especially in music, it's so easy to feel like a loser and a fuck-up," says Page. "We want people to know that it's okay to mess up and that everyone's a loser sometimes. It's really the best way to live, instead of trying to be number-one all the time." And on "Tell Myself," Happy Now slips into a wistful mood as THICK tenderly impart insight to their younger selves. "As you get older, you sometimes look at your little-kid self and wish you could give them a hug and tell them everything's going to be okay," says Black. "It's not about minimizing life experiences, but a reminder that you're stronger than you think and that-despite what it feels like in the moment-there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

True to the egalitarian spirit of the band, THICK take a highly collaborative approach to their songwriting without ever sacrificing the intimacy of their lyrics. In the writing of the heavy-hearted "Disappear," for instance, Sisti lifted directly from her journal in telling the story of "loving someone who gets lost in their own head, and how painful that can be." Meanwhile, on "Her Chapstick," Page opens up about a struggle in her own relationship. "It has to do with the experience of a partner seeking external affection," she says. "It's about navigating the feelings of why a partner is sharing themselves with someone else when you are right there."

All New York State natives, THICK's three members first crossed paths through shows at Brooklyn's DIY/all-ages spaces and soon became a mainstay in that very scene. Since signing to Epitaph in 2018-and making their label debut with their self-titled third EP the following year-the band has dramatically expanded their reach and toured all over the country, including a 2021 run with punk legends Flogging Molly and Violent Femmes. But even as their fanbase grows exponentially, THICK thrive on forging an uncommonly close connection with their audience. "Getting to share our songs with new people and build community in places we've never been before has been the most fulfilling experience for us," says Black. "We want to leave everyone smiling from ear to ear and get them moving around and hopefully look up at us and say, 'Oh, I can do that. I'm gonna start my own band now.'"

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Thickinbrooklyn/

Bandcamp:
https://thick.bandcamp.com/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/thickinbrooklyn/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/thickinbrooklyn

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3y6q4JBOyyoETYPw1yHYli

Skating Polly

Sister rock duo

Skating Polly

Fusing elements of alt-rock with classic D.I.Y. punk and indie pop, savvy Oklahoma sibling band Skating Polly found international exposure through rigorous touring, earning both critical acclaim and support of the indie rock scene. Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse formed the group at a young age, with their brother Kurtis Mayo joining in 2017. The band is noted for their alternating instruments among each member, poetic lyrics, intense live shows, melodic arrangements, and an eclectic array of songs. They have released five albums and make over thirty music videos.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/skatingpolly/

Twitter:
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Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ST6hERy8rGdwUaNAZxfG9

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Website:
https://www.skatingpolly.com/

VIAL

VIAL

What happens when you give three queer musicians a Tinder account? They find a fourth and start a band. VIAL is a Minneapolis, MN-based band, founded in 2019 by four best friends who just wanted to write and play the music they wanted to hear in Minnesota. With keytarist Taylor Kraemer (she/they), guitarist KT Branscom (they/them), drummer Katie Fischer (she/they), and bassist Kate Kanfield (they/them), VIAL brings their genre-bending cascade of sound into electrifying live performances. Songs that smack you in the face: Rage-written speed runs about running over misogynists ("Roadkill") are followed by a head bopping, cheek-blushing queer love songs to tingle your toes ("Violet"); VIAL is an indie punk powerhouse who knows how to adapt their sound, and themselves. Adaptability is one of VIAL's core strengths and this allowed them to grow in new ways during 2020's days of quarantine by creating a wide audience on TikTok and other social media while revving up to release their blossoming new record.

LOUDMOUTH is VIAL's highly-anticipated sophomore album, released July, 2021. Primarily written during isolation, LOUDMOUTH is a culmination of growth that the band has gone through in the two very long years since forming in 2019. Upon release, it received acclaim from national press including Alt Press, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, and many others. LOUDMOUTH earned VIAL the title of one of the "Best New Bands of 2021," an event hosted by Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current, University of Minnesota's Radio K, and First Avenue. "Sonically, Loudmouth has its stunningly contrasting moments. Whether it be the raucous and loud attitude of opener Ego Death, or the chilled out vibes of transcendent track Thumb, VIAL‘s new body of work is both lyrically important, and has the sonics to showcase this band's punk driven versatility over the 12 tracks." - Katie Conway-Flood, Distorted Sound Magazine.

Following the release of LOUDMOUTH, the band has made an explosive return to live music, playing historic venues across Minnesota, including First Avenue's iconic main stage, and are gearing up to hit the road for their first-ever tour. It's not often that a band has their first tour after three years and two albums released, but VIAL is everything but your typical band.

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