The Thermals. The Big Sleep. Meneguar. Awesome - Oh My Rockness

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February 21, 2007
The Thermals and The Big Sleeps show on Sunday, March 4th at Bowery Ballroom is sold-out (as if that's a surprise); however their show the very next night (Monday) at the super-comfortable and super-spacious Studio B in Brooklyn still has tickets available. And that show even has Meneguar joining the bill. That's three sick bands for one small price. Everyone should be running to Greenpoint.

I've had time to think about this for approximately fifty-one days now, and I think I'm ready to finally say this as absolute fact: The Thermals' The Body, The Blood, The Machine was the best record of 2006. Boom. Phew, it feels good to get that off my concave chest. After a few weeks of silence, I recently spun this album again in my kitchen as I spun around the liquid chocolate in my milk. And I found myself singing along to every song (it was a very large glass of chocolate milk) with a rarely exhibited trait for me: glee.

Who would have thought a catchy pop-punk concept album about the hypocrisy of religion (i.e. evangelical Christianity) could make one tap their feet and bop their head. I mean, one doesn't naturally think of the Old Testament as "rock-out material." But when Hutch Harris begins with a wail out about Noah, you just want to do air-guitar accompaniment to the impending forty-day flood that destroys the earth (that's how the dinosaurs died, don't you know). By the time Harris touches off on the evil sins of the flesh, we are beyond hooked. We're converted. God, I love this band.

Is this Oh My BigSleepness or what? We love everything about The Big Sleep and don't apologize for talking about their ROCK as much as possible. The trio just now how to bring that crazy riffage that we thought was only found on Guitar Hero. And for bringing us all those searing anthems that slay, we will forever refuse to apologize for our adoration of them. (Plus, they know how to use the stage lights better than Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis combined).

As already mentioned, NYC's Meneguar are joining these two fine bands for the Pseu-Pseu-Studio B show on Monday. They are a very good guitar-driven band whose singer sort of sounds like the guy from The Hold Steady. There is a positive vibe to this melodic (mostly) punk rock, complete with Superchunk-friendly riffs and Les Savy Fav-friendly angularity. They are a band void of pretension that wants to write really good rock songs. You can't ask for much more than that.

The Thermals and The Big Sleep play a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, March 4th. They also play a not-sold-out show (yet) with Meneguar at Studio B on Monday, March 5th.


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