Friday, May 25th, 2018
The Empty Bottle
$15 // 21+THE SPITSNEGATIVE SCANNER----------THE SPITS are already as ingrained in modern punk music as possible, yet still manage to devour the rip-offs and influence the youth of today without even looking like they’re trying. Going strong now for over fifteen years, smashing the windows and tearing down the walls of our minds every time they roll through town, these truly vicious visionaries have cooked punk down to its most powerful base form, crawling like Neanderthals through the muck, and creating a flaming trail of hits that’ll take quite a fit of dementia to ever forget. A perfect distillation of punk’s original open-ended weirdness, and modern music’s serrated salvation, The Spits have proven themselves to be no one to fuck with, over and over again.They’ve always been one of the most original bands of the twenty-first century, yet it never really seemed like they weren’t doing anything too experimental, save their signature, yet refreshingly just-ahead-of-their-time, synth/drum machine noise they forced the fickle punk crowds to gladly swallow. The demonic void that they fill is utterly too much to handle, the band everyone wants to see, that pre-information overload-type of underground music mystery that just gets all the endorphins rushing. The way their throbbingly addictive songs just drip like sticky tar out of the speakers, their guitars that sound like food processors seemed to dull all our senses, just at the same time that the impeccable lyrics invigorate us beyond belief.The Spits have already done so much, but still have so much more to come, as they continue to influence anyone with a penchant for irresistible punk music, played like there’s nothing to lose.Old EB pals NEGATIVE SCANNER are returning to kick this evening into gear. This band emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of Rebecca Flores and Tom Cassling’s former band, TYLER JON TYLER. Partnering with Nick Beaudoin and Matt Rivers to release their debut, self-titled album on Trouble In Mind, they’ve formed a dark and noisy punk combo that's put the underground demons of this fair city under its spell.GALLERY NIGHT is a proudly un-Google-able Milwaukee punk band featuring our old pal James Hollywood (BASEBALL FURIES, A/V MURDER, TYRADES, football) on guitar and vocals with ex-CENTIPEDES members KELSEY KAUFMAN on drums and baritone guitarist CHRISTOPHER BROOK. According to the band, KELSEY hits her drums "really hard," JIM's guitar is "bright" and "piercing" with "lots of reverb" - plus he's the singer, so he sings - and CHRISTOPHER plays his baritone guitar, which is not a bass guitar. Deliberately unrefined, GALLERY NIGHT guarantees "15 minutes of ungoogleable nonsense" that "doesn't last long."