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Dirty Poles #001

July 26, 2010

Welcome to Dirty Poles, a new column in which we tell you why you should get excited about the shows we promote. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Gunshy is now in the business of organizing DIY shows in our sleepy hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick. We’re pleased as punch to pop our cherry tonight at Gallery Connexion, with out-of-province friends METZ and Union of the Snake, and locals Two Piece Empire.

You’ll remember Trip and Andrew of Two Piece Empire from their stint as two-thirds of 283, an influential post-hardcore band active on the east coast in the late 90s and early aughts. This is Two Piece Empire’s first show in more than a year, and their first ever as an instrumental band.

Full disclosure: I hadn’t actually checked out Union of the Snake until just now because their lineup includes members of North of America, VKNGS, and The Kestrels. With that pedigree, it’s safe to assume the band would rate “awesome” or better, and I wanted to wait and see them live. Their first show happened as part of Long Live the Queen in Halifax back in May, and Noiseography was there:

I have no idea if it was intentional or a happy accident of the acoustics at Gus’, but the muddy dirge of a bass line on this song is exactly perfect and I hope they’re able to capture it if and when they release a recording (naturally, this is a “related video.”)

METZ are stopping in Fredericton on an east coast tour bringing them to Truro, Halifax, Charlottetown, and ultimately lands in Sackville for Sappyfest next Saturday. They’ve just released a third 7″ single via We Are Busy Bodies, which includes the track “Negative Space.” If you haven’t seen them live before, METZ produce a thunderous wall of sound unmatched by any other band in the country. Consider yourself warned.

We’ll be opening the doors at 7pm, and the fun starts at 8. The beer is cheap, the bands are loud, and the times will be good, so bring your friends.

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