RH FEST 2017 PREVIEW
RH Fest kicks off in just three days. Not only have we compiled a veritable Dream Team of kickass bands, we've also constructed Fest as a benefit for two of Boston's own advocacy groups: the Muslim Justice League, which advocates for human and civil rights for all and provides legal representation at no cost to persons approached by the FBI or JTF, and the Student Immigration Movement, currently working to defend DACA and other undocumented students.
Get to know yr bands here, and we'll see you on Friday @ 6:30 p.m. in Holden Chapel (in Harvard Yard)!
F • R • I • D • A • Y • N • I • G • H • T
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
6:45 - TIFFANY'S HOUSE
Boston - This cookie-obsessed duo delivers *semisweet* experimental lo-fi pop. At times, they're too dark to be twee ("lie a little through my teeth/kill everything underneath"), and at times they're too cute to not be. Their latest tape was recorded at a signature RH "Live from the Recovery Ward" show! You can find it here.
7:30 - KAVE KRAFT
Cambridge - Kave Kraft has been floating over the RH airwaves for months now, as their latest release A Kave is a Grave has often held a top spot in our Top 20. At times wafting, gentle psychedelia, and at others assailing the listener with the full force of their prog capabilities, Kave Kraft keeps you on your toes.
8:15 - DEAD ELECT
Allston - Dead Elect's sound combines their roots in backwoods Maine with their current habitation in "the drunken droves of Allston," bringing forth a distinctly styled take on good ol' fashioned rock'n'roll. Complete with lap steel and the occasional harmonica, expect Dead Elect to hold nothing back. Find their newest release here.
9:00 - DAZEY AND THE SCOUTS
Boston - Very little can be said about Dazey and the Scouts which they haven't already said better themselves. Their latest record, Maggot, was delivered as a lovely Valentine's Day present, a queercore triumph deserving of a spot on anyone's "masturbation playlist," as Dazey suggests. Whether odes to cis teens, or odes to James Deen - Dazey and the Scouts will provide it all.
9:45 - TODAY JUNIOR
Boston - Don't let the fact that their nearest beach is Revere fool you - Today Junior knows a thing or two about surf rock. Drawing from punk and indie pop as well, Today Junior sounds like they're ready to soundtrack a board getting smashed to pieces on a reef. Their latest record is available here.
10:30 - BIRTHING HIPS
Boston - Birthing Hips shells out "noisey defective pop music for freaks," especially on their latest release No Sorry. They deftly manage to fuck with pop sensibilities just the right amount, playing both the china shop and the bull, at times. If you're looking to go out with a bang on Friday night, there's no better place to do it than with RH and Birthing Hips.
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S • A • T • U • R • D • A • Y • N • I • G • H • T
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
5:15 - YOUR DOG
The Bronx - Easing us into "hard" night is Your Dog. You may be confused by tender gems with names like "666," and lulled into a false sense of security broken only by Your Dog's ability to break into a full fledged sonic assault at the flick of a switch. Holdovers from Friday night - this is your transition point. Check Your Dog's latest here.
6:00 - BAD HISTORY MONTH
Boston - Bad History Month may claim to make "sitting music," but rest assured, not a soul in the Chapel will be able to refrain from moving to some select BHM cuts. Brash, beautiful tunes. Their latest release (a split with RH fave Dust from 1000 Years) is available here.
6:45 - TRIM
Boston - Be brutalized by bombastic babel. Need noise? Take time to try TRIM. Altogether, an aural avalanche (and alliteration? An art). Here, have heaviness.
7:30 - A DEER A HORSE
Brooklyn - If you've been listening to the Record Hospital the past few weeks, you know ADAH. They're sitting pretty at the #1 spot on our Top 20 this week. It's doomy, gloomy, sludgy goodness. Scope it here.
8:15 - PUCKER UP
Boston - Pucker Up brings experimental noise which finds itself indebted to both no-wave and "Endless, Nameless" from Nevermind. If, like Pucker Up's Nathan Ventura, you like long walks and dirty socks, well, this is your band. Get a taste here.
9:00 - BIG MAN
New Haven - Big Man evokes classic hardcore in all the right ways. It's thrashy and trashy, pulling no punches between its hard-hitting drums, biting riffs and searing vocals. Hear for yourself.
9:45 - SOUR SPIRIT
Philadelphia - Sure, Sour Spirit is noisy, experimental doom, but perhaps their most fitting self-ascribed descriptor is "earbleed." I'll just be honest...I can't give a better one-word indicator of their sound than that. Commence the bleeding here.
10:30 - NINE OF SWORDS
NYC - Having conquered the RH airwaves over the last few months, Nine of Swords finally brings Fest crashing to a close with their post-hardcore magic. Pairing ungovernable energy with beautiful melodicism and poetry, there's no better way to send off this dream of a fest. Check them here. We hope you'll be there from Tiffany's House all the way to Nine of Swords this weekend.
You can find all the necessary info pertaining to RH Fest here.