For those tired of the passive-aggressive melodic flaccidity rampant in the music mecca known as Portlandia, Seattle punk five-piece Deadkill will be in town playing a free show at the Kenton Club this Saturday. Complete with blistering guitars, raw shrieking vocals and a spastic rhythm section, you won’t know whether to mosh or puke for no reason. It’s also free, so get on your fixies, carpool with your best friend’s girlfriend or pay the $2.50 to hop on the bus with some screaming children and the guy that won’t stop talking to himself.
The punk quintet have spent the past four months woodshedding for their follow up fill length album, which will be featured on Good to Die Records with the possibility of being engineered by Matt Bayles, known for his work with artists Sandriders and Russian Circles. If this upcoming album equals their debut EP in intensity and craft, it will rival the great hardcore records of the past. Scream’s This Side Up and albums by D.C. rockers Government Issue come to mind.
Tiny Knives will be supporting the show with their unique brand of abrasive female-fronted street punk. Songs like “Circular Logic” demonstrate an intellectual introspection that rivals the raw simplicity of the music. “It’s a shame / I can’t get out of my own brain,” screams front-woman Jai Milx in-between neurotic rhythmical blast that sound somewhere between the Germs and Crass, demonstrating that the existential angst of Sarte and Camus does not lie far from the aesthetics of homegrown rock and roll.
Valkyrie Rodeo will be joining the bill with saucy servings of sludge metal. According to their bandcamp page, the band consists of a 7 year-old girl from Texas that likes to draw space ships and play with her dog. If the reverb soaked vocals and thundering bass destruction in the band’s demos come from the wonders of a young girl’s imagination, then the world is becoming a very scary and awesome place.