Thursday, January 19, 2pm
After careful, weeklong consideration, San Francisco trio Terry Malts went forth to record a debut LP as per the request of Slumberland Records. Displaying a slick, intelligent take on modern chainsaw pop, Killing Time certainly lives up to its name! Who are Terry Malts? A Yellow Pages private dick has gleaned the following: Corey Cunningham (guitar, backing vox), of Dickson, Tennessee-by-way-of-a-cardboard-box-in-Toronto, was asked to housesit in Fresno, CA. Duties fulfilled, he shot north on a graffiti trip to 924 Gilman Street and immediately bonded with fellow men’s room “artists” Phil Benson (bass guitar, lead vox) and the unfortunately named Nathan Sweatt (drums, backing vox). Hands shook, vibes exchanged; the trio felt compelled to distill their energy into a unified voice. The Terrys’ gospel is succinct, direct, sincere and timed expertly with next year’s looming apocalypse: life is hopeless, enjoy! With a live reputation that bleeds funky “punk” attitude, the trio crammed this urgency into the Terry Malts studio edition. Recorded by a machine, then expertly mixed by human being Monte Vallier (Swell, Half Church), Killing Time may compel you to type the following buzzwords into your blog (which, I love, by the way!): catchy, husky, hunky, sharp, blue-collar, rocking, hockey-rock, working-class, perfect, near-perfect, not-half-bad, and / or not-bad. It’s an album, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a 34-minute hour of pure, unadulterated Malts… all right?
Kill Moi is an indie-rock band based in San Francisco that was described by one local reviewer as “The Strokes meet Neil Diamond at a New Orleans funeral while reading a Murakami novel and drinking too much bourbon”. Their first full length album, “Hold Me, Motherfucker” was released on August 6th, 2011 to rave reviews. Their songs weave tales of world-weary wit mixed with infectious pop
melodies, rolling vintage rhythms, Graham Coxon via Wilco guitars, and a beautiful cushion of horns. Members are Ryan Lambert (vox, guitar), Andrew Burmester (lead guitar), Daniel Settle (bass), Aaron Hazen (drums), Laura Carpenter (trumpet), and Oz Beckers (trombone), whose collective other endeavors have included such acts as Elephone, Madelia, The Paradise Boys, Extra Action Marching Band and the Audrye Sessions. Their public performances over the last year have included appearances at Bottom of the Hill, the Red Devil Lounge, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Milk Bar with such acts as Geographer, Sioux City Kid, the Soft White Sixties, the Heavenly States, and the Silent Comedy.