WHORES / HELMS ALEE

Psyko Steve Presents

WHORES / HELMS ALEE

SORXE, ROTTING YELLOW

Tue, April 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

WHORES
WHORES
Since their inception in 2010, Whores. has laid waste to both presumption and audial functioning. Natives of Atlanta, Georgia, members Christian Lembach (vocals/guitars), Donnie Adkinson (drums), and Casey Maxwell (bass) have spent the last six years establishing Whores. as one of heavy music’s most distinctive acts thanks to the formidable combination of the group’s punk ethos and the ferocity of their sound. Confrontational and relentless, the music of Whores. will now be seen and heard in its fully formed state with the group’s debut full length.
Beginning with 2011’s Ruiner EP (Brutal Panda), Whores. brought a welcomed new vision to the often-tired “extreme music” scene. Two years later saw the release of the Clean. EP (Brutal Panda), a six-track musical display of visceral rancor and songwriting brilliance. Highly anticipated by critics and fans alike, Clean. sold out within a month, prompting the group to release a second pressing. Touted by SPIN as one of 2013’s ‘Best Metal Albums’, Clean. simply reaffirmed what listeners had suspected all along. Whores. isn’t here to fuck around.
With the 2014 release of the Whores./Rabbits split (Brutal Panda) which included the group’s powerful cover of The Cure’s “Jumping Someone Else’s Train”, the expectation for a full-length became even more apparent, but pushing product isn’t the group’s line of work. For Whores., the cavalcade of anticipation provides no pressure or expectation as Lembach states: “We don’t just want to fill in the blanks.” The only pressure here is to maintain authenticity, and to that end, Whores. are the quintessential example of genuine malice.
“You have to bring a sense of realness to [the music], otherwise it’s fake, and it sounds fake. You have to be honest about it, and it’s about getting to the really ugly stuff inside of you, and that’s what we do.” Whores. has eagerly shared that ugliness with their audience having crisscrossed the US four times on separate tours, including headlining shows and stops at festivals like SXSW, Spillover Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and many more. To that end, the band’s tireless dedication to the road is simply a mirrored image of their music’s relentless power, an attribute that has undoubtedly resulted in their most unforgiving effort yet, proof that good and heavy things come to those who wait.
HELMS ALEE
HELMS ALEE
Helms Alee's music is exactly the sort of mutant, fantastic hybrid that used to only occasionally erupt out of small, isolated scenes, uninformed by trends of the day instead inspired by the band's own collective contributions. The Seattle trio's unique amalgam of metal, art rock, pop and punk is charmingly reminiscent of the fertile creativity that groups once had before the Internet seemed to instruct bands to only copy one another. Helms Alee's third album, Sleepwalking Sailors sounds like many styles combined into one, and none of it concerned with any notion other than creating vital, urgent and uniquely characteristic music.

Bassist/vocalist Dana James, drummer/vocalist Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and guitarist/vocalist Ben Verellen combine a vast array of ideas within a single song, while still sounding entirely cohesive. Their songs are undeniably heavy, but also freely roaming through icy post-punk and warm melodic haze at any given moment. Any given song can be pummeling one moment and then subtly shift into triply harmonies without the listener even realizing what has happened.

"The weird thing about it," Verellen muses, "is that we've got three different people contributing lyrics, parts and melodies to each song. So, they end up being disjointed by our individual input. We spent 3-1/2 years writing the songs for this album, so it's thematically all over the place."

Sleepwalking Sailors was recorded with engineer Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes, Pelican, Chelsea Wolfe) in Seattle, with intentionally built-in limitations. "We recorded the album to tape in order to confine ourselves from ProTools refining every detail. We ended up with something that sounds really big, but also a bit more aggressive." Helms Alee's previous album Weatherhead was released in 2011 to much acclaim by their longtime label HydraHead just before it went under. Undaunted, and as a testament to the band's strong fan base, Helms Alee originally crowdfunded Sleepwalking Sailors, eventually raising an impressive recording budget. Upon hearing Common's early mixes, Sargent House quickly offered to bring the band onto their management roster and release the new album. Throughout the course of the album's creation, the band's independent aesthetic becomes clear: a dedication to truly representing themselves, regardless of trends and outside influence.

Album opener "Pleasure Center" kicks off with churning riffs and staccato drums that repeat and morph in a constant build that's equal parts Gang Of Four as it is early Soundgarden. The slithering and perfectly meshed distorted rattle of James' bass with Verellen's climbing, chiming single notes on "Tumescence" lead off with Neurosis style heft, but soon give way to compelling minor-key vocal harmonies laid over the proceedings. Elsewhere, James' and Matheson-Margullis' even more pop-hook leaning vocal harmonies lend a transcendence to the proceedings. "Pinniped" pits near chamber-pop group vocal harmonies against screaming, wailing guitar blasts and thumping tom drum beats. Throughout the album, Helms Alee prove that their unique creative spark is its greatest asset in creating incisive and insightful music.

Sleepwalking Sailors was released everywhere worldwide on LP, CD and download on February 11th, 2014 via Sargent House.
SORXE
SORXE
Sorxe was formed in Phoenix AZ in the Summer of 2012. Including Shane Ocell (Via Vengence , Hillbilly Devilspeak) and Tanner Crace (ex Magnetplan, N17, Tintype) Christopher Coons - (ex Tintype, Daughters of Fission) and Jonathan Portnoy - (Horse Head)
The band name comes from the idea of music creation and energy coming from a place inside us that is very sacred and when channeled can be a religious experience, whether its creating music , art , life , memories, experiences whatever the case may be ….everything is reflective of this. This is the source of our passion, and we will ride with the currents and latch onto the pure stream of creating something from nothing, as if it was always there.
ROTTING YELLOW
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/