I’ve almost written about Institute like 17 different times in this column, but I’ve never really had the right angle. UNTIL TODAY. The Austin-based punks are releasing their debut LP, Catharsis on Sacred Bones on June 9th; as good of an excuse as any, I’d say.
You might expect some pretty aggressive music from a band comprised of members of Glue, Wiccans and Back to Black, but Institute are more of a traditional old school punk band who write pretty catchy hooks when they feel like it. I took to them pretty quickly after hearing their Salt EP, one of last year’s more promising releases.
Catharsis was tracked and mixed by Ben Greenberg (who deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award for appearing in almost every OTC to date) and Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage pops up on one of the songs, so there’s a lot to like on paper. If you hit play above, I’m sure you’ll find there’s a lot to like about what’s coming out of your speakers in the way of the album’s first single “Perpetual Ebb.” I’ve seen most bloggers describe Institute as a post-punk band, which I bought when I heard “Salt” last year, but I’m hearing more and more of a Stooges thing here, which makes sense because their presser says we should expect “proto-punk psych excursions” on the album. “Perpetual Ebb” is all we have to go on so far, but it sounds like they’re headed in that direction. If you’re into it, they’re playing the New York’s Alright aftershow at Saint Vitus this Saturday night. Glue will be playing a few sets this weekend as well.
People have beat the whole emo/post-hardcore revival narrative to death, but good god is history repeating itself. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing (if you read my stuff, you know I’m 1000% down), but it looks like we’re getting ready to kick things into the dancepunk realm again a la !!!, The Faint and Head Automatica. Sick Feeling’s Don De Vore is leading the charge with his new electro multi-media project Collapsing Scenery. Their first single, “Metaphysical Cops” dropped earlier this week, and it’s definitely a more modern take on electropunk than say, Danse Macabre. The glitchy backbeats remind me of Aphex Twin’s Syro. If you’re as intrigued as I am, get ready, because Collapsing Scenery are playing a free show/art event tonight at Delancey Street’s D&F gallery that will feature “ice sculptures, experimental performances and live music.” Diamond Terrifier is DJing, so it should be an interesting night all around.
Local noise-poppers and top-flight band name selectors Shark? have become one of the more reliable punk bands in the hood over the past few years, playing countless shows and spitting out a slick psych garage EP seemingly every six to eight months. They’ve got another new one coming out next week via Old Flame Records, and by the sounds of the lead single “Hate Crime Girl,” it’ll be here right in time for the warmer weather. It’s crunchy two minute number that would sound right at home on Surfer Rosa. You can pre-order the Becky & Debbie EP now via Bandcamp and catch ’em at Palisades on May 9th with Zula, Pill and Holy Tunics.
If you’re going to do anything this weekend, go to some New York’s Alright shows; it’s the final year for the fest and they’ve shipped in ridiculous Japanese hardcore bands like Warhead and Isterismo. I’ve already talked New York’s Alright a bit over the past few weeks though, so if you’re looking for something a little bit different, you should hit The Wick Saturday night for The Tinnitus Music Series with Prurient, Andy Stott and Sannhett. Prurient went full dark-disco on his last record, Through the Window, but if “Dragonflies To Sew You Up,” is anything like the rest of the 90 minute double album he’s got in the works, then you’ll be in for an as cathartic an experience as anything at the Acheron or Saint Vitus this weekend.
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Featured photo courtesy of Breanna Kay