Night Birds, Culo, Neighborhood Brats, Earth Girls | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Night Birds, Culo, Neighborhood Brats, Earth Girls All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., July 6, 7 p.m. 2014

It’s interesting to see the musical routes that hardcore kids take when they grow up. Toronto’s Fucked Up has evolved to take on punk with sprawling arrangements that border on prog rock. And Dominic Palermo—aka Nicky Money, front man of Philadelphia tough-guy band Horror Show—recently formed shoegaze-revival outfit Nothing. Here in Chicago we have Earth Girls, whose members—guitarist and vocalist Liz Panella, drummer Jeff Rice, and bassist Joey Kappel—have been in about 100 rough-and-tumble hardcore bands over the past couple decades, among them Plan of Attack, Boiling Over, Daylight Robbery, and Coffin Pricks. The three of them went pop-punk with this project, writing sunny, addictive guitar rock. In February they released a five-song demo of clean, quick pop jams, and a couple weeks ago they dropped their first proper EP, Wrong Side of History, on Grave Mistake Records. On the EP the band loosens up a little, playing with more bite and leaning a bit further toward the punk side of pop-punk. Panella’s sweet, bouncy vocals stay out front, making these four songs some of the catchiest to come out of Chicago in ages, but the guitars rage a little harder and the relentless drums slam and flam all over the mix. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $10

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