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Pissed Jeans, Fake Limbs, Blizzard Babies 

When: Thu., April 18, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Contempt for your dead-end file-clerk job in the basement of a musty courthouse is perfectly understandable. Contempt for your ramshackle, suffocating apartment, with windows so crudded over the sun can’t peek through—I’m channeling Harvey Pekar here, obviously—is to be expected. But contempt not just for your pedestrian life but for everybody else’s too—where romance depends on whether some guy can convince his girlfriend that he’s “laid-back” instead of lazy, where staying fit means staying away from doctors, where clean-cut suburban families are just so precious you could puke—that’s the territory of Pissed Jeans. The Philly-based four-piece remain one of the best punk bands going on their latest album, Honeys (Sub Pop), revisiting the derisive brand of noisy 80s hardcore they’ve been honing since their 2005 debut, Shallow (featuring the lovely “Ashamed of My Cum”). Guitarist Bradley Fry improves with each album, his snarling Ginn-like riffs growing more fluid without losing a bit of their filth or fury, and front man Matt Korvette sounds more and more like a lunatic huddled in an alley and screaming at the petty existence you’ve dressed up in a business suit. The first time I heard the garbled, fuzzed-out bass at the beginning of album opener “Bathroom Laughter,” I knew everything was as it should be in the land of Pissed Jeans. And when I got to Korvette kicking off “Cafeteria Food”—maybe the best track on Honeys—with the lines “Hey there, project manager, I saw you eating cafeteria food / So you want to call that a healthy choice / Well I’d argue that isn’t true,” I knew he and the band were still flavoring their awesomely ugly punk with the everyday man’s monotonous slog. As they should be. —Kevin Warwick Fake Limbs and Blizzard Babies open.

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