Death Valley Girls

Death Valley Girls

Gym Shorts, Britt Thomas & The Breaker Boys

Tue · October 30, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Death Valley Girls
Death Valley Girls
Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that's been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden's series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band's moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

"Everybody's gotta be in a gang," from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).

Photo Cred: Taylor Bro
Gym Shorts
Gym Shorts
This four-piece punk dynamo from Rhode Island, is everything you want in a punk band: brutal, unrefined, and absolutely thrashing. They are exactly how you’d expect them to be offstage; upbeat, hilarious, New England punks who’d like nothing more than to goof off and make music with their friends. However that impression partially collapses when they mount the stage, strap into their instruments, and reveal their sludge-coated surf riffs and drums that sound both wildly anarchic and assertively tight.
Britt Thomas & The Breaker Boys
Britt Thomas & The Breaker Boys
Country-influenced rock n' roll is ever evolving into a whole new, yet somehow still nostalgic kind of vibe, and Britt Thomas & the Breaker Boys are putting their own spin on the genre, creating a narrative distinctly their own. With their debut self-titled EP release, mixed and mastered at I.V. Lab Studio, Chicago, this Pennsylvania/New Jersey hybrid of kindly refined punks are coming out of the gate with a batch of songs that are bound to hit home for all kinds of music fans with the urge to rock along to the sometimes crooning, other times reckless words of discontent in the modern age. Featuring Britt Thomas on vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, Ali Awan on lead guitar, Bill Coburn on bass, and Eric Kohlhofer on drums, the band of close friends has been involved with one another musically on several fronts for much of the last decade in the alternative music scene of Philadelphia. When this project first began coming together in a South Philly basement in 2016, it was immediately apparent how well their collective experience would serve to unite them in songwriting that felt real, raw, and catchy in a way that was not quite like anything else they'd been hearing around town.

The band name comes from Thomas's native coal-country family roots. Coburn did some digging into the history of Britt's hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and came to find that she had ancestors in the coal business. She and her friends had also been known to trespass in the old abandoned coal breakers which were left like a seedy playground of ruins for the local kids looking for trouble. The band was struck by the name's semblance to one of their biggest influences, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Following this first release, Britt & the Breaker Boys plan to tour the US and continue working on an upcoming full-length album.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/