OH HEY, here’s a show worth knowing about…
Already touted as “an excellent spot to catch a small band”, Charlie’s American Cafe will host a stacked lineup of local bands this Friday, January 22nd when Values666, Bitchimightbe, Night Shark, and Bantustans perform in celebration of Norfolk’s newest record label, Leather Daddy Bubble Bath.
A brand new project masterminded by local promoter and musician Benjamin Briggs, Leather Daddy Bubble Bath or LDBB for short, will have two releases on cassette tape available for purchase on this night.
The first is a live recording of Bantustans, titled “At A Place.” For the uninitiated, Bantustans is a four-piece instrumental rock group led by Aaron Evans, with Sean Milcitech and Michael Twark each on drums and Andrew Joseph on bass. The group crafts sweeping soundscapes that move listeners through moments of harshness and hope, challenging genre-specific tags by consistently staying ahead of expectation. “At A Place” aims to captures the intensity of the band’s live performance, and the lucky people who have experienced a Bantustans show will be hard pressed not to want to take that home with them after the dust settles.
The second release by LDBB available on this night is a brand new album from Night Shark, the bedroom project of Keith Maynard, who also fronts local punk metal band Bottomfeeder. Night Shark creates and brooding experimental electronic sound that could easily bring to mind visions of a dystopian society filled with robots and technology with Maynard battling for artistry and authenticity in the midst of it all.
Values666, the noise-driven No Wave project of Tabitha Lopez and Richard Perkins (above), make their third appearance at Charlie’s. The Portsmouth duo layer guitar and keyboard textures to create a wall of sound that builds and crashes, the result of which appearing to be as much performance art as musicianship.
Bitchimightbe, the four-piece rock group fronted by Rocky Capizzi, features Melissa Powers of Wandcarver on keys and Jenni Thomas of Lou Breeders on bass with Meg Mori playing drums. The group began as a Pixies cover band that formed last year to play some Halloween shows, but it has since embraced its own identity with a Sonic Youth-inspired sound. Rocky’s guitar tones really are some of the most original that this area has to offer and the moments of beauty that flash in the pan amidst noisy breakdowns reveal the genius of one of Norfolk’s most talented musicians.
To say that this show is special would be an understatement given the caliber of bands playing, not to mention the new releases from local record label Leather Daddy Bubble Bath. But just to throw a little more icing on the cake, it’s worth mentioning that it’s Briggs’ birthday party as well. For all that he puts into music in this area, the price of admission (which goes straight to the bands) and a souvenir from LDBB is nothing to be able to wish the red-headed devil himself a happy trip around the sun this year. Be sure you don’t miss this one!
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