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IRON CHIC, Rebuilder, Notches

Thursday, July 26 @ 8:00 pm | 8pm $13 Adv / $15 Day Of Show

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Iron Chic’s new record is two things: both the same as previous releases, and absolutely incomparable to them. Due out on October 13, ​You Can’t Stay Here addresses the same big questions that have plagued the Long Island punk group from their outset: anxiety, depression, relationships, substance abuse, mortality, life, death, what it all means, why we’re forced to experience them. But this album is punctured with grief and devastation; while these are all familiar concepts, they’re relayed with an added desperation, and the claustrophobic, inescapable​ ​reality​ ​of​ ​them.​ ​There’s​ ​no​ ​punchline,​ ​no​ ​immediate​ ​silver-lining.

Jason Lubrano, the band’s singer, is aware of the absence. “On the past records, we generally try to throw in an optimistic note here and there. That might be the one thing that this record is lacking.”

That pervasive darkness goes right back to the record’s title, a line from the song, “You Can’t Stay Safe.” It’s a manifestation of a general anxiety, a permanent lack of peace. “No matter what you do in this world, there’s always some danger or something lurking there for you,” Lubrano sighs. “Even when you kind of think you’re okay, you might not be. That was just sort of like​ ​a​ ​desperation​ ​there:​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​really​ ​be​ ​safe​ ​anywhere.”

It’s hard to not hear all of this as a product of the loss the band suffered in January 2016, when Rob McAllister, Iron Chic’s founding guitarist, died unexpectedly. The band is still coming to terms with McAllister’s passing. “I’ve dealt with loss before in my life,” Lubrano says. “I lost my dad when I was 21, but he was sick and we kind of saw it coming, and I was able to process it in that sense. Rob was a unique thing because it was one of the first times a close friend has died, and​ ​someone​ ​my​ ​age.”

The loss of McAllister loomed over the creation of ​You Can’t Stay Here.​ “It does definitely permeate all aspects of it,” Lubrano remarks. “It’s just hanging there.” Some of the tracks had been written with McAllister, compounding the pain of his absence. Written and recorded in guitarist Phil Douglas’ house, working on the record was a sort of coping mechanism for the bandmates. “It definitely brought us closer on as friends to just have this to focus on and put our energies into and help keep our minds off of things,” Lubrano explains. That utility is something he wants to share: “I hope that translates and I hope that people can get a similar feeling from it.”

Despite the subject matter, the band’s aptitude for unbridled anthemics is on full display here. Flickering into life with a rising wave of distorted bar chords, “A Headache With Pictures” is a crass, unabashed introduction, with throttling gang vocals and “whoa-oh!”s layered over slashing guitars. The band’s self-production is evident and bracing; guitars are thick and gnarled, immediate and relentless, while drums are taut and driving. Lubrano’s voice is more earnest than ever, and when the collective comes in for the big sing-along choruses, it sounds almost comforting; there’s still an indelible element of coldness to their choir of voices, but when they​ ​sing​ ​out​ ​in​ ​unison,​ ​there’s​ ​a​ ​flicker​ ​of​ ​hope.

The grief scattered across the record is blunt and overwhelming. “Too fucking tired to bother to dial the phone, I’m still mourning the life that I left behind,” Lubrano bellows on opener, “A Headache With Pictures.” Later, he contemplates our existence: “It’s hard to be a human being. How can we, when we’re not quite sure what being human means?” These aren’t dressed up, flowery, or even terribly artistic. They feel conversational, like a page ripped from a diary. Most diary entries go unshared; the strength in Iron Chic is that they share it all, in hopes that it might help​ ​us.

“If it’s a sense of feeling like somebody understands what they’re going through, or just that there’s people who think the same way, or even if they ascribe some story to what they’re hearing​ ​and​ ​they​ ​can​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​it,​ ​that’s​ ​ultimately​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​me​ ​feel​ ​good,”​ ​Lubrano​ ​says.

Lubrano is worried there’s no bright note on ​You Can’t Stay Here​, no reprieve from the suffocating darkness (Although, as the dust settles on the album’s final moments, a preprogrammed melody from an old Casio keyboard rings out. Lubrano chuckles, “Phil was like, ‘Is​ ​this​ ​too​ ​goofy?’​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​like,​ ​’Nah,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​like​ ​it.’​ ​It​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​breaks​ ​the​ ​tension​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end”).

But the record ​is the bright note. The feverish admissions of anxiety, the blunt discussions of mortality, the struggle to stay afloat in tar-thick clouds of depression; these are all dark, yes, but the externalization of them, casting them into light and setting them to a fierce, determined melody, is a cry for survival and perseverance. These are tributes to fortitude, not weakness. Iron Chic has been through a hell of a fucking year. They’re still standing, and they made a record​ ​together.​ ​That’s​ ​the​ ​bright​ ​note.



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Since their beginning in 2013, Rebuilder has refused to follow the rules. Their first show was at a bar playing to no one. Their second show was playing to a sold-out crowd with The Dropkick Murphys – That’s definitely against the rules.
So what has Rebuilder been up to since the release of their debut full length “Rock and Roll in America”? Well they’ve been doing just that. The self proclaimed gnarly-punk band from Boston has piled into their van, and brought their brand of never-say-die Rock & Roll to the people. Tireless travel up and down both coasts, throughout the Midwest, and even crossing the occasional boarder into Canada and Mexico, Rebuilder has put the pedal through the floor since their inception.
Their newest release on Panic State Records, an EP entitled “Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike” ,is a fervent and rambunctious follow up to ‘RNRIA’. With power and intensity, this record widens and solidifies Rebuilder’s sonic footprint in the landscape of rock and roll, re-thinking the traditional three chord punk song and developing their own unique style. ‘Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike’ comes out Sept 1st and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.
Rebuilder will continue to pick up the pieces of a broken scene, and cast aside a broken system. They will soldier on, and rebuild the community of sounds that has given them so much to be thankful for.




“Halfway between the brilliant but scrappy melodies of 90s Ringing Ear bands and the mix of wiseguy/self-loathing attitude of Archers of Loaf, Notches are something like an emo band for those interested in anything but.”




Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:00 pm
  8pm $13 Adv / $15 Day Of Show
21+ w/ Valid Id Only - Fee Free Tix Available at the Club (Cash only) after 5 PM
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