Spraynard, Ratboys, Brickfight, Nervous Passenger | Chop Shop | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Spraynard, Ratboys, Brickfight, Nervous Passenger All Ages Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Wed., Aug. 5, 6 p.m. 2015

It’s strange, but breaking up might’ve been the best thing to befall the Pennsylvania DIY punks in Spraynard. The group called it quits in 2012, a year before the loosely affiliated national underground emo scene they were a part of blew up, and since re-forming in 2014 they’ve been getting bigger and growing up themselves. They’ve jumped to the newly rejuvenated indie label Jade Tree—which helped steer emo in the 90s to its breaking point—and reshaped their mold of nervy, speedy pop-punk and euphoric fourth-wave emo into a more muscular sound that’s fit for the members’ slightly matured perspectives. On “Everywhere”—one of several rippers from last month’s Mable—Spraynard tap into pop-punk’s fast-acting adrenaline rush and deliver anthemic vocals that convey the struggle to deal with the outside world. The lyrics make everything away from the comfort of home sound terrifying, but Spraynard’s performance makes me feel like I can conquer the world. —Leor Galil

Price: $10

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