Hurry Up – Dree Leer

today March 28, 2023my_locationSaturn

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Hurry Up features Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the mighty Thermals and Maggie Vail of the legendary Bangs. Radon huffing basement punk in the Northwest tradition, with a grudge and one bare light bulb. Get weird. Stay weird. Or get the fuck out.

Dree Leer is a 3-piece rock band hailing from Birmingham, Alabama. Through a deafening display of loud guitar, bass, and drums this new act promises to make you jump up and take notice. As if carved straight out of the 90’s, Dree Leer manages to summon up passion and a defiance rarely seen in today’s music. Jackie Lo delivers her haunting and infectious lyrics exploding from the giant quiet-loud-quiet wall of sound screaming from her guitar and a thunderous rhythm section.

Portland troublemakers Hurry Up are up to their shit again. And by the way, they’ve had it up to here with your shit—and they’re here to tell you about it. Lauded and feared for their ferocious 2015 self-titled LP, they’ve only grown bolder and sharper, honing their craft in a radon-soaked basement lit by one bare party bulb. Between tours with Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Protomartyr, and other luminaries of the post punk firmament, Hurry Up wrote the songs that would become DISMAL NITCH. Recorded on the very brink of disaster (late 2019-early 2020), the record is a cracked crystal ball with fire in its heart.

Drummer/singer Kathy Foster (Thermals, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Roseblood), guitarist/singer Westin Glass (Thermals), and bassist/singer Maggie Vail (Bangs) share equal writing and singing duties, conjuring a dark vision of a world whirling with firestorms—social, emotional, political, and literal. From with the opening anthem, “American Weirdos,” sung by Vail, the volcanics of Foster’s drums lock in with Vail’s mysterious, driving bass lines, while Glass’s guitar maddeningly harangues the listener, like the cackling of the crows mocking poor Prometheus. “We’re american weirdos / Don’t need no more heroes” sums up the band’s attitude and grasps the zeitgeist of a generation fed up with false promises. Chaos and harmony maintain an uneasy tête-à-tête through the twists and turns of this record. The singers’ voices ring out with furious defiance, now dead serious, now seductively smirking, enchanting the listener with tales, riddles, and dares that feel at once age-old and eerily prescient. It’s a record about terrible deeds and final reckonings, about consent and the intoxicating rush of headlong abandon, about departures and the tearing away of veils. “No!,” sung by Foster, is an in-your-face confrontation and a reminder to all those who need it that NO means NO, whether it’s said directly or implicated – “If I shake my head, get outta my bed / If I push you away, I’m telling you No!”  “What’s Your Name,” sung by Glass, ends the record with a letter of half-crazy love in the face of utter devastation. A cover of Portland legends Dead Moon’s epic “Fire In The Western World” adds the flaming cherry on top of one of 2022’s most compelling releases—a record that’s impossible to ignore.

Begin March 28, 2023 H 8:00 pm
End March 28, 2023 H 11:59 pm
Location Saturn
Address 200 41st Street South
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