You want to succeed, but you’re just an average Joe, sings New Cold War guitarist-songwriter Andy Harrison on acoustic-powered everyman anthem “Corporate Dick.” Ten hours isn’t nearly enough/Stepped up my game/But my boss says no.
Dissatisfaction is palpable on the band’s debut five-song EP. Consider “Growing Down,” about being a pent-up adolescent in a regulated world. Only music offers a sense of belonging, as it does on “Who We Are,” a shoutout (with the chorus Don’t forget where you came from) to punk communities coast to coast, and to the sofas upon which New Cold War has crashed.
Comprising members of local groups—Cody Leavitt and Luis Mendez (The People’s Whiskey), Mike Janoff (Guilty by Association), John Brown (Battle Born)—New Cold War is an unglamorous punk supergroup. Harrison, who played in Surrounded by Thieves, wrote these songs intending to record them with a band. Once they realized their strength, New Cold War opted to heat up by playing shows. The group’s live debut takes place at the EP-release party at 8 p.m. March 14 at Artistic Armory. Also on the bill: DC Fallout, Happy Campers and the C.G.’s.
Time for stoner-rock: Portland’s Ape Machine brandishes a heavy-rock attack reminiscent of ’70s-era analog bands. 2013’s Mangled by the Machine, is an aggressive throwback effort. Ape Machine will pound your eardrums to dust at 10 p.m. March 17 at Cheyenne Saloon. Also on the bill: the Young Rapscallions and the Solid Suns.
Southern-fried psychedelic post-rock? Atlanta sextet Spirits and the Melchizedek Children make it appealing. The band specializes in darkly hypnotic song structures, like the eerily trudging “Lullabies for War.” In it, singer Jason Elliott’s falsetto waves ghost-like above the ominous momentum, like Neil Young caught in an apocalyptic mudslide. Get fried at 10 p.m. March 19 at Velveteen Rabbit.
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