Heading to Austin for SXSW? Then you’ll want to add the Slip Productions & Hood Booking DC Party to your festival itinerary! It’s a FREE event happening on Thursday, March 14th at The Liberty, starting at 11AM, and featuring a reunion by Edsel, Single Mothers, Frank Turner, & more.
Slip Productions was started by Courtney Ryan Buie in 1997 as a local promotion and national booking agency. Slip promotes 1-2 shows a year now, focusing on larger events and meaningful experiences.
Hood Booking was founded in Michigan by Steve Lambert in 2001. Originally a booking company, Hood Booking quickly settled into show production. Steve Lambert is the talent buyer and co-owner of the Rock and Roll Hotel, as well as the talent buyer for DC9, both of which are located in Washington, DC.
5:00PM – 6:00PM
Edsel was an indie rock, post hardcore band from Washington, DC. The band originally broke up in 1997, having released four full-length albums, numerous 7″ singles and an EP.
The group reformed in October 2012 for two shows in New York City to celebrate the remastered reissue of their 1995 album, Techniques Of Speed Hypnosis. They have since been included in a Descendents Descendents covers compilation by Filter Magazine.
The band was formed in 1988 by Sohrab Habibion (guitar and vocals, currently a member of Obits), Steve Ward (bass), and Nick Pellicciotto (drums). Over the years, the group’s members would include Geoff Sanoff (bass, currently an independent sound engineer and producer), Steve Raskin (guitar, currently in the band/collectives Thunderball and Fort Knox Five). Eli Janney (keyboards), and John Dugan (drums, formerly of Chisel).
Edsel’s first single, “My Manacles,” was the first release on the DeSoto Records label.
The label Comedy Minus One reissued remastered digital editions of Edsel’s “The Everlasting Belt Co.” and “Detroit Folly” in September 2011[with “Techniques of Speed Hypnosis” following in October 2012.
Montreal by way of London band Single Mothers has made a compelling case for how red flags, stacked odds and strike outs can somehow inspire a collective recklessness to keep at it. Known for their dangerously explosive live show and the palpable tension that bleeds into their music, the band has ran through 9 members since its inception in 2008, and has broken up countless times. However, after disbanding in early 2011 the band quietly posted their final EP online. It achieved a cult following and inspired the band to reform the following year. Pairing feral punk with rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities, Single Mothers has accepted that all their trials, tribulations and tensions have not only gotten them here but have motivated them to work even harder. And, if that’s to be believed then a ton of wrongs can lead to a right.
3:00PM – 3:40PM
For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, plying a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started to take off. Inside the packed out tents, heaving with adoring fans and intrigued passers-by, Frank led the congregation in a mass sing-a-long; a stirring set that not only sparked the interest of the British mainstream but resonated unassumingly across the pond as a wealth of American punk bands watched approvingly from the sidelines.
2:00PM – 2:40PM
All that matters in the grand scheme of things is the band is not directly comparable to what has come before them. But if we must: RETOX is an outcome of stagnant and boring western culture, as well as the self-proclaimed counterculture, which has slipped into a sea of pointlessness. The band manages to detach themselves from what one might consider a promotional paragraph trying to explain what is not really important to the band themselves; such as a list of influences – they are influenced by much more than music, but more so by the world at large. The band has no goal for what the future holds. Sonically, the band’s crude and primitive aspects make sense in this day and age. The band is a reaction to the world that the members and their comrades have lived in: shitty childhoods, bureaucratic frustration, and the overall justification of continuous war. That sensibility coupled with a modern artistic delivery, the music is educated as well as furious, and most importantly, blurring genre lines of punk, hardcore, thrash, metal and whatever else seems fitting to the critics. RETOX features members of some grand dick sucking accomplishments, acts such as The Locust, Head Wound City, Holy Molar, All Leather, Some Girls, Swing Kids, Le Butcherettes, Cattle Decapitation, Struggle, The Festival of Dead Deer, and The Crimson Curse.
1:00PM – 1:40PM
Stagnant Pools are Bryan and Douglass Enas, two brothers (21 and 22) from Bloomington, Indiana. With just one guitar and a drum kit, they make music which the Chicago Reader describes as “drone-heavy, slate-gray art-rock that should appeal to fans of Disappears, Joy Division, and Sonic Youth records from back when they were still actually scary.”
12:00pm – 12:40pm
With their steady ebb and flow of warm, effects-laden sounds, northern California’s Whirr (Formerly Whirl) give the sounds of 90s shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet’s walls of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance.