Live Concert Photography: Pissed Jeans with Feral Ohms and Pinkwash at Mercury Lounge 6/23/17

Live Concert Photography: Pissed Jeans with Feral Ohms and Pink Wash at Mercury Lounge 6/23/17

The Allentown, PA-based hardcore punk/noise rock quartet Pissed Jeans — comprised of  Matt Korvette (vocals), Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums) — can trace their origins to when its members met while attending Allentown’s Nazareth High School. According to Korvette, the members of the band bonded over an initial desire to create “a different kind of punk, focused on dead-ended carnal cravings, sexual depression” .  . .  and to “bludgeon the listener with dull, monotonous, droning rock music that just sucks the energy out of you, like the musical equivalent of watching a toilet flush.”  Over the course of their 14 years together as a band they’ve released several 7 inch records and five, full-length studio albums, all of which have cemented the band’s reputation for crafting a sludgy, furious and punishing cretinous stomp that subtly nods at The StoogesThe Ramones and 80s hardcore punk and post-hardcore bands — while evoking the deep primal urges of our reptilian sub-brains.

Why Love Now, the Allentown, PA-based quartet’s latest effort was released last year through Sub Pop Records, and the album focuses on the mundane comforts and discomforts of modern life — from fetish websites to office supply deliveries and the emptiness, confusion, dissatisfaction and overall convoluted nature of modern relationships, and being constantly surrounded by hypocrisy and bullshit. Interestingly, as Korvette explained in press notes on their fifth album, ““Rock bands can retreat to the safety of what rock bands usually sing about. So 60 years from now, when no one has a telephone, bands will be writing songs like, ‘I’m waiting for her to call me on my telephone.’ Kids are going to be like, ‘Grandpa, tell me, what was that?’ I’d rather not shy away from talking about the Internet or interactions in 2016.”

Now, if you were frequenting this site last year, you may recall that I wrote about Why Love Now‘s incendiary and cretinous stomp of a first single “The Bar Is Low,” a song “about how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead. It seems like ever guy is getting outed across every board of entertainment and politics and music. There’s no guy that isn’t a total creep,” Korvette explained. “You’re like ‘No, he’s just a dude that hits on drunk girls and has sex with them when they’re asleep.’ Cool, he’s just an average shithead.”

The Allentown-based punk quartet have been touring sporadically to support their latest effort and it included a late June stop at Mercury Lounge with the Bay Area-based trio Feral Ohms and the Philadelphia-based punk duo Pinkwash. Check out photos below.

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Comprised of three, grizzled Bay Area underground rock vets Josh Haynes, Chris Johnson and Ethan Miller, the Bay Area-based punk trio Feral Ohms formed in 2011 and since their formation, the band has developed a reputation for a punishingly loud fuzzy and scuzzy sound that draws from stoner rock, basement West Coast 80s punk, The Stooges, biker rock, psych rock and others. And from their live sound it shouldn’t be surprising that the band lists Pink Fairies, The ‘Flag, The Cosmic Jokers, Mainliner, Lunkheads, Mudhoney, The Troggs, Pussy Galore and Mountain as some of their influences.

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Comprised of Ashey Arnwines (drums) and Joey Doubek (guitar, vocals), the Philadelphia, PA-based punk rock duo Pinkwash can trace their origins to when the duo were members of local punk act Ingrid. During Ingrid’s existence, Doubek’s mother underwent cancer treatment and the band’s momentum — understandably — petered out, with the band eventually splitting up, although its members continued playing basement and bedroom shows across the Northeast in a variety of different projects. By 2014, Arnwines and Doubek re-emerged with their latest project Pinkwash, a project that reportedly derives its name from the pharmaceutical-industrial complex — i.e., the pink ribbons used to market products with the promise that some undisclosed percentage will go to “cancer research.” Arnwines and Doubek have released two EPs through Sister Polygon Records and their full-length debut through renowned punk label Don Giovanni Records last year. The band opened up the night with a earnest, fervent and noisy set.

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For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/yankee32879/B93Qd3