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The Van Pelt, with Snake Oil, Spit-take

Shaki Presents
ALL AGES

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90's American indie rock legends make a return, with support from local trailblazers.

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Shaki Presents

Friday November 2, 2018 at State House

The Van Pelt

Snake Oil

Spit-take

8pm (doors/deejay JBW)

$10 advance/ $12 day of show

All Ages

The Van Pelt

The Van Pelt, led by songwriter Chris Leo (The Lapse), with drummer Neil O'Brien (Butterflies of Love), and a rotating cast, including bassist Toko Yasuda (Blonde Redhead/Enon), released their debut full-length, Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves, in 1996, followed by Sultans Of Sentiment, the following year, on the Gern Blandsten (Ted Leo, Liars, Rye Coalition, Weston, Chisel, Canyon, etc.) label, before parking the van in the garage, and calling it a day, moving on to other projects. But a funny thing has happened over the past two decades, with those two albums finding new ears with a new generation.

Post-Punk? Indie Rock? Post-Hardcore? The Van Pelt walked between all these worlds. Spoken/sung vocals, anthemic pop hooks, fiery guitars and a tightly wound rhythm section made them stand outs of the DIY basement scene they emerged from. The 1990's indie heroes have had a lasting power far greater than so many of the other once bigger bands of that era. The sort of interest that has neither waxed nor waned over the decades since they disbanded, yet just mysteriously continues on despite their discography being out of print since the end of the last millennium.

So what is it that sets them apart? Too soft to have ran with the AmRep or Touch & Go crowds, not hip enough to have made sense on Matador or Merge, earnest yet not histrionic enough to make it onto the "best emo bands" lists, not weird enough to be on bills with Arto Lindsay and Thurston Moore - in a sense, their outsider status comes not from the wings, but from the dead center eye of the storm. The '90s were happening all around them, they were witnesses thereof, yet they emerged transcendent of it all.

The Van Pelt re-emerged in 2014, with the release of Imaginary Third, a collection of singles and unreleased Van Pelt tracks, which were originally intended to have been the components of their third album, including the alt-famous "Speeding Train". They returned to the stage in the UK and Europe for select festival dates, including the failed ATP Jabberwocky Festival, the cancellation of which, led to two powerful London performances - first at the ACE Hotel with support from Ought, and additionally at the Shacklewell Arms, with Metz and Iceage.

The Van Pelt bandcamp

https://thevanpelt.bandcamp.com/album/sultans-of-sentiment

PFork

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23230-stealing-from-our-favorite-thieves-sultans-of-sentiment/

Oldie but goodie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDzVD-xrCRw

Snake Oil

Comprised of members of CT band royalty, Snake Oil recently emerged with a voice, and with something to say. Prior to that, they were an instrumental group. Peep this old info, as a primer:

Snake Oil is a new instrumental collective spearheaded by drummer extraordinaire Jason Labbe. Comprised of current and former members of Weigh Down, Titles, The Mountain Movers, Atrina, Charles Burst, Latitude/Longitude and Meridians (among others), Snake Oil was initially conceived as a recording-only side project to Labbe’s former main band, Weigh Down. After Weigh Down ran its course, Labbe began dedicating more and more time to working on Snake Oil, in the process bringing in a dozen or so musicians to assist on the project. After a few months of production, the collective had finished a cache of recordings which ultimately formed the running order of Snake Oil’s fantastic self-titled debut album.

http://www.snakeoilsounds.com

https://soundcloud.com/snake-oil-sounds

Spit-take

We are extremely thrilled to have these locals on board! These folks put so much into the scene, it only makes sense to have them get the party started.

"Stalwart NHV indie-rock-emo-pop-punk for the universe where Superchunk soundtracking 90s skate-vids was the rule and not the exception." - Jack Tomascak

http://spit-take.bandcamp.com

JBW

Selecting all vinyl records, JBW comes to us from The Relay, a much celebrated regularly occurring radio program on WPKN 89.5fm. So glad to bring him on!

MORE TO COME on this ***dreamy*** gig, so please stay tuned!

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