Plague Vendor, Cameron Argon, Renatus
Tue, February 21, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)Trees
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1412649/
"We had an amazing time this last fall on tour and now it is time to really bring the fire on our first US headlining tour of 2015," says vocalist Eddie Hermida. "We are bringing our good friends in EMMURE, WITHIN THE RUINS and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY out this time so be ready for an ass whoopin' you won't be able to cry home to your mom about! Come early and hang out with us this spring on the 'Stronger Than Faith' tour!"
"SUICIDE SILENCE and EMMURE have been friends for a long, long time," adds guitarist Mark Heylmun. "It's been over 6 years since we've got to do a tour like this one coming up so to say I'm excited is a massive understatement. So come out and hang out because this is gonna be one for the record books."
The tour kicks off in Santa Cruz, CA on February 17th, and concludes in Tucson, AZ on March 25th.
But the album, brash and aptly terse, was just an appetizer to the main course. The band's sophomore effort, Bloodsweat, vastly expands on the sonic territory explored in their debut. Recorded over the course of two weeks in April of 2015 with producer and engineer Stuart Sikes (The Walkmen, Cat Power, Modest Mouse), the album takes a natural approach to Plague Vendor's music. The musicians aimed to capture each track in as few takes as possible, avoiding many overdubs and embracing the same minimal production they bring to their live performances. Nearly all of the eleven songs on Bloodsweat were heavily road-tested, imagined and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio.
From opening number "Anchor To Ankles" to closer "Got It Bad," Bloodsweat reveals a purposeful narrative arc, taking the listener through songs that veer rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection. Together, the songs recount the last few years of the musicians' lives, revealing the sacrifices they've made and the dedication they've embraced to become the band they've become. "Jezebel," the disc's flagship single, exemplifies the style Plague Vendor has dubbed "voodoo punk" a dance-fueled rock aesthetic tinged with shadowy darkness. The band's influences, which range from At the Drive-In to Liars to The Cramps, are apparent but not overly obvious throughout.
Plague Vendor's live show has shifted as they've developed these new songs, too. They've swapped out shock value for raw vulnerability onstage and the four musicians aim to create the most sound and the most intensity with the least possible utility and equipment. Palpable tension comes from the sense that anything could happen, but mostly Plague Vendor is interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away. It's clear the band has sacrificed their formative don't-give-a-fuck punk attitude for sincerity and gratitude, acknowledging the fans who've helped them arrive here now.
Bloodsweat invokes its own name as it unfurls, its songs edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability. It's the product of a band who have traveled far and whose travels have committed them even further to themselves. As you hear it, as its songs surge outward, it announces: This is who Plague Vendor is now.
Plague Vendor is:
Brandon Blaine – Vocals
Luke Perine – Drums
Michael Perez – Bass
Jay Rogers – Guitar
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226