Philly House Shows VI – Cloud City
Philly House Shows is back with our sixth installment featuring a slew of great touring bands and locals alike. This feature brought us our to West Philly’s 52nd and Warrington neighborhood where we caught up with local promoter Logan Neubauer at the Cloud City House.
DC mainstays Coke Bust and D.O.C. (Disciples of Christ) are currently touring the East Coast with Wisconsin noise-pop trio, Tenement. Great diversity among these bands with appropriate local support by newcomers Hound and hardcore up-and-comers No Lessons Learned, who are comprised of a hodgepodge of leading musicians from several prominent Philly bands.
Sharing renowned drummer Chris Moore, Coke Bust and D.O.C. both play an aggressive blend of hardcore and other extreme genres that meld speed, ingenuity, and intensity throughout. Coke Bust is known for blazing fast riffs that draw influence from punk, hardcore, and powerviolence niches. Always poignant and in-your-face, Coke Bust has quickly become one of the most well-recognized bands hailing from the DC area today. If you’ve never seen them live, you should have ample chance in 2012 as the band has more US and European tours in site.
D.O.C. harbors an intense hardcore sound that draws more from the metal end of the spectrum than that of their tour mates with a reputation for loudness that precedes them. Neubauer, along with show-hands and house-mates could be seen scavenging for extra pillows and wood to barricade the basement windows in anticipation of the ensuing musical onslaught before the band hit the stage. And onslaught it was. D.O.C. is another DC band to keep an eye on in 2012 who are also quickly etching a name for themselves with an uncompromising sound and live show that will rival any trio you’ll likely find.
Breaking up the touring bands section was noise-pop addicts, Tenement, who provide a blistering live show that is both engaging and unpredictable. This is about as aggressive as pop music can get. Amos, who plays guitar and provides vocals for the band, was celebrating his birthday in prime fashion as his standout performance saw him hit the floor several times, writhing, as his guitar flailed violently, bouncing off of the standing-room-only crowd, mic stands, his band-mates, and concrete floor. He used crushed beer cans and whatever objects he could get his hands on to draw sounds seldom heard from most string instruments, as his guitar wailed and shrieked with eerie and catchy tones throughout the performance. And although the band was an anomaly as far sound and approach, the packed house of raucous fans were fully engaged from opening chord to closing bell and could be heard singing along so loudly, they even drowned out sections.
Local bands Hound and No Lessons Learned also brought their A-game to the table to round out a flawless bill that ran on time and was executed without a hitch. One thing remains true since is our last installment of Philly House Shows- Nobody does house shows better than Philly.
We know you are here for the pictures and video, so without further ado.
Words, pictures, and video by Joshua T. Cohen.
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