MOVER SHAKER w NIIICE & CARPOOL
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
Thursday November 4, 2021
Mover Shaker is a band from Michigan. They probably landed there from an entirely different space and time. Michigania was their first transmission—an LP that reframed Midwest living into epic constellations. That galaxy twinkled with towering glam attitude and burned with white-hot prog intensity. Another Truck Stop, the band’s long-awaited return, fell out of a wormhole and into Skeletal Lightning’s stacked roster. What was once a group defined by quad-vocal muscle, a collaborative work ethic, and extreme arrangements has only grown stronger and bolder, but also weirder and wilder. Let’s take a trip, shall we? Cowards need not apply.
Every four years, the scene resets. With every college graduation and hesitant grasp of adulthood, there are bands being formed in the fire of heated Twitter discourse and surprisingly, actual recorded music. Niiice. is one of those groups: formed in Minnesota, reinforced on the road, sustained online. In the aftermath of 2019’s breakout EP Never Better, the trio (guitarist/vocalist Roddie Gadeberg, bassist Abe Anderson, and drummer Sage Livergood) fostered a fierce commitment to their bits. The gang could be found poking fun at Ben Shapiro, lording over virtual gigs hosted on doomed Minecraft servers, and serving up a sudsy, self-conscious blend of post-hardcore and pop punk. Somehow, they had time to write and record a sophomore LP. Internet Friends uploads niiice.’s neuroses to the cloud before blowing the whole thing up. For once, the niiice. defenders have not just logged on. They’re wired in.
From Rochester NY, Carpool is a band about sharing smiles with friends. (Their debut album Erotic Nightmare Summer, out on Acrobat Unstable Records, has since been featured in multiple publications and best of year lists. Most recently appearing on Audiotree Live in Chicago).