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SMUT
with Tosser and Collider

Songbyrd Presents
Upstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 8:00 PM // SHOW: 8:30 PM

Free ($10 Suggested Donation)
Free RSVP

Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge

Friday August 30, 2019

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In the sonic space between infectious, sticky-sugar pop and moody, melancholic shoegaze lies Smut. Despite what their name may suggest, the Cincinnati OH five-piece’s sound is anything but dirty. On their upcoming album, How the Light Felt, we find the band taking a fresh approach while paying homage to their fuzzed-out roots. Drawn-out, droney tones create the lush and atmospheric backdrop upon which the band is posed. Piercing through the ambiance are glistening melodies and glittery pop hooks. With a bit of distortion and a touch of delay, the band puts to rest the tired tropes of pop.

After five years as an outfit, the group finally settled into their current lineup a few short seasons ago. In that time, they’ve already conquered national tours with acts Nothing, Swirlies, and Bully. The quintet are so clearly and so strongly in sync, as to not miss a single beat. Soft and strong bass lines laid down by bassist Bell Cenower melt into drummer Harold Bon’s gently driving percussion. Together they craft the smooth, rhythmic undercurrent that flows beneath glimmering guitars and shimmering synths. These sparkling sounds come courtesy of guitarist Andrew Min and guitarist/synthesist Sam Ruschman. Syrupy-sweet vocals spill out of vocalist Tay Roebuck, and dance across the soundscape with ease. In sum, the five are a beautifully dynamic, and incredibly emotionally honest re-envisioning of a pop band.


 

 

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Tosser 

Tosser is a rock band from Washington DC known for their heavy sound combined with pop sensibilities. After 2 EPS and cultivating their sound in the DC diy community for about a year, Tosser is gearing up to release their debut album in the spring of 2019.

 

 

 

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Collider 

A welcome change from the current cadre of shoegaze-inspired rock bands - Collider stay smart without being annoyingly intellectual. Their references may be sonically grounded in the early 90s, but they manage to nod to that time while keeping their bearings in the present – you never feel like you already might own this record, or have “heard this song before”. Running through their veil of spiraling guitars is a pummeling rhythm section which makes clear their commitment to energetic and syncopated certainty. Their songs feel dipped in a hazy glow, but nothing vague escapes their lips – a refreshing break from other bands whose inspirations may draw from similar places. They lurch from glacial dirges to fast, thick and blurred frenzies of guitar slush. Ultimately, Collider feel cooler and more human than the rest of the kids at the party, without really trying – they speak directly to you and everyone like you – while everyone else seems like they're working a little too hard.