Friday, February 8, 2013

The Spits to tour

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.
An old tape passed along through one of their biggest and earliest supporters — Sir Lord Bob Kondrak of Seattle — was what really blew up the spot everywhere we managed to hijack the stereos during that magical summer of 2001, and ever since, The Spits have been setting the bar high, throughout the Midwest, and soon after, the world over. With an ingenious amalgamation of DEVO's early synth work in tandem with the absolute best Thug-Punk grunt the Ramones could ever maliciously muster, The Spits never try to reinvent anything, they just rip its head off and drive it home time and time 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. When we finally caught wind of them, the\ demonic void that they filled was utterly too much to handle, and hence became the number one band everyone wanted to see, and we became the first of many fanatics to fly the band into town for our Chicago Blackout festival.

It was that pre-information overload-type of underground music mystery that just gets all the endorphins rushing. I mean, were they even real? And 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.

Possibly one of the only modern bands to have several of their songs being covered by their contemporaries, 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.

Tue 5-Mar San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (All Ages)
Wed 6-Mar Ventura, CA - Billy O's
Thu 7-Mar San Diego, CA - Che Café (All Ages)
Sun 10-Mar Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
Mon 11-Mar Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Tue 12-Mar St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Fri 15-Mar San Antonio, TX - The Karova
Sat 16-Mar Austin, TX - SXSW
Mon 18-Mar El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace
Tue 19-Mar Tempe, AZ - The Sail Inn
Wed 20-Mar San Diego, CA - Til-Two Club
Thu 21-Mar Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
Fri 22-Mar Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory (Burgerama)


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