It’s hard to believe that we are already into June. 2014 began six months ago and seemed fresh with new ideas, but here we are halfway into the new year and it is right on track. We have had new releases, new bands, and new shows all from our area, which is an almost perfect formula for a local scene.
There is yet another show being added to the summer events calendar, and it is coming up very soon. This Friday, June 13, a series of performers and artists will be entertaining at the “Spring Break” show at the lamp post (47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre), curated and organized by Daniel Davidowitz. On the music side, we have a lengthy list of local musicians, from veterans These Elk Forever to newer artists The Ordinals, Cave People, Max Denison, Liberty Hills Yacht Club, and even more. Local artists will also be showing a plethora of their work, from photography to mixed media to panting by the likes of Neil Mattern, Jesse Lipfert, Max Davidowitz, Nick Humphreys, Jake Elko, and head honcho Daniel Davidowitz.
This is the lamp post’s second event of the year, so if you have yet to make your way out to experience a new local venue, this would be a perfect time to do so. As per usual, there will be a zine specifically for the show. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. with music later so people have time to enjoy the artwork, but the show has limited space, so be sure to get there early. Admission is $5, and the lamp post is located on the third floor of the building.
Also, this past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling with my band Disengage on a weekend of shows as we near the release of a new 7-inch EP on Youngblood Records. For those who are unaware, Youngblood is perhaps one of the longest running labels out of Pennsylvania, forming in 1997 in the heart of Amish country, but putting out releases by the some of the best “up and coming” bands as well as heavy hitters. The record is an expansion on the sound we defined with our two previous releases, but with a different sonic approach from our usual friend Will Yip, we tried our best at creating an authentic experience by those who inspired us in the 1980s with some modern means. The record will be out this summer, as we are just waiting on the finishing touches on the EP.
The season is only just beginning, but we cannot forget the shows coming later. First, on July 1 at the Glen Lyon American Legion, there’s Backtrack, Harms Way, Expire, Suburban Scum, Downpresser, Iron Mind, Freedom, and recently added Code Orange. Then, there is a show on July 11 at the West Side Park in Nanticoke with Strength For A Reason, The Mongoloids, Not Til Death, and Heavy Chains.