When: Sat., Jan. 5, 6 p.m. 2013
With its throaty vocals and dueling trebly guitars that deliver a heavy dose of melody, Smile More (Dead Broke/Dirt Cult), the excellent recent debut full-length from local four-piece Wide Angles, sounds like Crimpshrine and Jawbreaker crossing paths in the heart of the midwest. This is a town that’s seen and heard lots of bands who follow that blueprint (remember the Lawrence Arms or the Broadways?), but luckily the members of Wide Angles are wise and skilled enough to stand out. That’s obvious on Smile More; the entire thing sounds amazing thanks to the band’s precision, the rich engineering (provided by bassist Joe Gac, who also plays in Meat Wave), and the abundance of gnarly melodies and hyper-accessible hooks. It’s a well-rounded album, and the sequencing is cohesive and smooth—the songs flow from one to the next like a single idea instead of sounding like a handful of songs carelessly thrown together. Before cementing the current Wide Angles lineup in August 2010 singer-guitarist Chris Gottlieb spent nearly five years perfecting his gritty pop-punk with countless other players under a couple of different band names, and Smile More is his first proper album. Seven years is an awfully long time to wait for an album from such a singular punk musician, but if the brilliance of Smile More can prove anything, it’s that patience truly is a virtue. —Luca Cimarusti This show is part of Ian’s Party, which runs from 1/4 through 1/6 at Quenchers and Township. The Bollweevils headline; Winepress, Vacation Bible School, Deth Warrant, Heat Tape, Mons, Wide Angles, Dirtybird, and Business Papers open.