Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
CONTEST – Pissed Jeans @ The Horseshoe – April 12, 2010
Shawn BrackbillOnce up a time, Sub Pop was synonymous with big, loud, sloppy rock music, making their name by releasing records from the likes of Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana. Then at some point in the past decade or so, they reinvented themselves as the home to soundtrack-friendly indie-pop, a la The Postal Service and The Shins, and sensitive singer-songwriter types like Fleet Foxes and Iron & Wine.
Anyone worrying that the label’s A&R department has gotten too soft, however, need look no further than Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Pissed Jeans, who’ve released their last two albums – 2007’s Hope For Men and 2009’s King Of Jeans – on the venerable Seattle-based indie. If their name didn’t tip you off, Pissed Jeans are kind of the farthest thing from bearded Americana – certainly more hardcore than grunge, but loud, abrasive and honestly kind of unpleasant. Which I suspect is the point.
They’re hitting the road next week and will be bringing their bodily fluids to the Horseshoe on April 12; tickets are $12 in advance but courtesy of Union Events, I have two pairs of passes to give away to the show – to enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want Pissed Jeans” (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone) and your full name in the body. Contest closes at midnight, April 8.
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