Monday, January 6, 2014

Show Preview: Speedy Ortiz w/ Grass is Green and Blanko Basnet

Speedy Ortiz performs at Local 506
on January 7 w/ Grass is Green & Blanko Basnet
Speedy Ortiz, indie rock band hailing from the Massachusetts scene, will be supported by Exploding In Sound Records labelmates Grass is Green and Durham-based Blanko Basnet at Local 506 in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, January 7.

Blanko Basnet is a four-piece local super group, with Joe Hall and Jeff Stickley of Hammer No More the Fingers, Brad Cook of Megafaun, and Matt Peterson of Canine Heart Sounds.  The project became public last year, playing lots of Triangle-area shows with good turnouts. When I first saw them at Local Band Local Beer, I was caught off guard and immediately thought it was Hammer, but Blanko Basnet is taking the creative energies and blending together nicely without being too one-sided on sound.

Boston-based Grass is Green will be accompanying Speedy Ortiz on their two-month tour throughout the east coast. These guys sound like they'll be fun and loud live -- quick stops and starts, punk yells, and chaotic guitar blasting in front of fast drumming. Post punk with some experimental elements, their latest release is Vacation Vinny, out January 14 on Exploding in Sound. It's messy without looking lazy and has good momentum without looking predictable. Their rap sheet includes opening for bands like Tera Melos, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, and Joe Lally of Fugazi.

I didn't come across Speedy Ortiz myself until their July 2013 of Major Arcana on Carpark Records. The album got great reviews across the board and major airplay in the college radio market, and was one of my favorite releases from last year. Reminiscent of the Breeders, Speedy Ortiz opened for the 90s rock band at CMJ this past year and continue to grow acclaim. It'd be my bet they will have a prominent role in the summer festivals, so all the more reason to catch them at an intimate club like 506 before you can't anymore.

Doors are at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $7.00 and entry does require membership to the club. For more information, visit

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