THE BLIND SHAKE
“The Blind Shake is at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surf-punk party. One guitar, one baritone guitar, a fuckload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic medal.” [SF Weekly]
Fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, with friend Karl TeBeest on drums, the trio have been tunneling through the underground since before telephones could talk. Having seven full length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with down-stroke warrior John Reis, the band continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch red noise.
They have recently toured with Swami John Reis, Thee Oh Sees, as well as headlined US, Canadian and European tours. The band has played the UK’s End of the Road Festival, Sled Island in Calgary, Gonerfest, SXSW, and several other festivals. They have also provided support for Billy Idol, Rocket From the Crypt, Spiritualized, The Spits, No Bunny, The Urinals, Red Cross, A Frames, and Mike Watt.
Since their debut in 2005, the Minneapolis-based duo of Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi has excelled at tossing elements of late-’90s mathcore and classic Reagan-era punk against the wall with disarming power and impressively fresh results. Their 2010 release, Minnesota: Mouth To Mouth (Nice and Neat Records), sticks to that formula, but with a smidge more spit-polish shining up their succinct sense of melody.
Catbath, a three-piece rock outfit hailing from Minneapolis, MN, began in the basement of Travis Franklin and Crystal Stockert’s south side duplex. The duo began mining the arsenal of songs Franklin had been stockpiling. They were eclectic, drawing from disparate genres and eras of rock—from sixties garage pop to grunge to metal. However, the common thread binding them together could not be obscured; the songs were chock-full of undeniable melodies and irrepressible pop hooks.