Ian's Party: Volunteer, Ultra Bide, the Swan King, Cokegoat, Phenoms, Mons, Tenement, Holy Shit!, Witch Feet | Township | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Ian's Party: Volunteer, Ultra Bide, the Swan King, Cokegoat, Phenoms, Mons, Tenement, Holy Shit!, Witch Feet Recommended Soundboard 18+

When: Sat., Jan. 4, 5 p.m. 2014
Price: $12, $30 three-day pass.
Japanese experimental punk trio Ultra Bide formed in 1978 and released their first song in 1980 on the five-band compilation Dokkiri Record. It’s sort of the No New York of Japan’s south-central Kansai region (which contains Osaka and Kyoto), and Ultra Bide’s contribution, the dissonant “1979!,” bolsters its babbling vocals and thwacking bass with thunderclaps of guitar. After the band’s debut full-length, 1984’s The Original Ultra Bide, it took them 11 years to put out another, at which point they dropped three between 1995 and 2003—and the new DNA vs. DNA-c (Alternative Tentacles) is their first since then. These guys can still make a whole lot of noise (“Phase Is Massive Power Attack Weapon” consists mostly of reverberating guitar feedback), but they’re also great at cleaner, more melodic tunes built from blunt guitar jabs and driving, nimble bass lines. The title track and “Sonic Crash” will make you want to dance—once you’ve made sure your earplugs are in tight, of course. —Leor Galil

On 2011’s Napalm Dream, Tenement perfected fuzzy midwestern pop punk, following in the hardcore-inflected, catchy-as-hell footsteps of Screeching Weasel and Naked Raygun. This trio from Appleton, Wisconsin, has been playing its smart take on the sound since 2006, and in October it released a split seven-inch with Screaming Females—the Tenement song, “Wouldn’t Let You Go,” reaches toward sophisticated power pop, piling up massive hooks, warm guitars, and fat keyboards. But out of Tenement’s newest material, the real treat is the collection of demos they’ve posted on Bandcamp along with the track from the split. They’re slower and more introspective, swapping the band’s usual fury for richly beautiful melodies occasionally complemented with strings and acoustic guitars—their blend of wistful angst and pop genius reminds me of the Replacements circa Pleased to Meet Me. At this show, however, you can expect top-volume, balls-to-the-wall punk rock. —Luca Cimarusti This show is part of Ian’s Party, which runs Friday through Sunday at Township and Friday and Saturday at Quenchers. Volunteer headlines; Ultra Bide, the Swan King, Cokegoat, the Phenoms, Mons, Tenement, Holy Shit!, and Witch Feet open.



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