Two Piece Fest Midwest: Iron Lung, Suppression, Shahman, Pizza Hi-Five, Men as Witches, Minimum Wage Assassins, Peter & Craig, and others | ChiTown Futbol | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Two Piece Fest Midwest: Iron Lung, Suppression, Shahman, Pizza Hi-Five, Men as Witches, Minimum Wage Assassins, Peter & Craig, and others 

When: Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
When Philadelphia DIY punks Peter Helmis (Algernon Cadwallader) and Craig Woods (Towers, Hot Bagels) decided to start a band together in 2005, they envisioned it as a three-piece. But when their third member failed to show up, Helmis and Woods gave it a go as a duo—Helmis on drums, Woods on guitar, and both singing. They loved it so much they decided to book a festival entirely of duos. Two Piece Fest is entering its seventh year, and for 2014 it spreads from Philadelphia to Chicago as Two Piece Fest Midwest—the 22-band bill includes Seattle powerviolence outfit Iron Lung, mathy Nashville jammers Gnarwhal, local noise mongrels Hate Basement, and of course Peter & Craig, who play jubilant, goofy, and slightly shambolic punk. These guys have self-released a handful of seven-inches, including two seasonally themed 2012 records called Spring and Summer—the latter includes a deranged, carnivalesque surf-rock number called “Air Conditioning.” In a video interview from 2011, Woods says that he and Helmis “just don’t care,” by which he pretty clearly means that their only priority is having fun—that video also includes footage of the duo wearing gigantic bobblehead-style masks while bashing out a song called “I’m a Seagull” and pretending to make out. Peter & Craig don’t play too often, not just because both members are busy with other projects but also because Woods moved to Chicago in the fall—this is going to be a special treat, even if they don’t wear those masks. —Leor Galil Iron Lung headlines Two Piece Fest Midwest; Suppression, Shahman, Pizza Hi-Five, Men as Witches, Minimum Wage Assassins, Peter & Craig, Gnarlwal, Hirs, Hate Basement, Two Knights, Lifes, Holy Death, Foul Tip, Abejas Negras, Junior Bob, Sure Plus, the Hammer Brothers, Bbaatbifffs, Gnarly Death, Flesh Seeds, and Looks Good open.

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