Baltimore based cult favorites Polkadot Cadaver will release their new record Sex Offender on Rotten Records May 10th [preorder it here]. I get acquainted with the band via a couple of videos from their first record Purgatory Dance Party. The songs are taut and memorable and the videos, especially for the song “Chloroform Girl” are fascinating and disturbing at the same time. When I mention this to guitarist Jasen Stepp during our phone interview he laughs and says “we are a cheeky band, our songs are serious in nature but not in intent”.
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Polkadot Cadaver will perform at The Grape Room this Sunday (April 17) with local support from Mikey Galactic, Barbarism and Cinema Cinema. The first 50 (FIFTY!) people at the door will get a FREE TICKET to our May 18 show with The Memorials (featuring Thomas Pridgen from Mars Volta).
Second acts can be hard in rock ‘n’ roll. Then again, for The Memorials and Just Like Vinyl, who will be playing The Grape Room Feb 1 (7 p.m., $10), this is more like the umpteenth act.
Memorials drummer Thomas Pridgen has played with Foxy Shazam, Juliette Lewis and, most famously, The Mars Volta. Guitarist Nick Brewers has done time with everything from reggae to metal. Just Like Vinyl’s Thomas Erak fronted prog-metal act Fall of Troy; bassist Henry Batts was on the road crew.
Memorials frontwoman Viveca Hawkins is the one fresh face among the vets. Sure, she’s got plenty of experience with music, but rock was a new game for her.
“(Pridgen) wanted it to be an original sound. I provided that with an ignorance,” she said. “I didn’t listen to much popular music. There are those hardcore rock fans who don’t hear what I hear. Where I’m coming from is a totally different background. All the different ways I choose to use my voice come from gospel and jazz and hip-hop and soul.”
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Article written by Joe Pelone.
The Memorials – the new band of ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen – just released their debut single, “We Go To War,” which comes from their upcoming self-titled full-length debut, dropping Jan. 18. AltPress got an exclusive premiere of the video for the song, which you can check out here. In addition, the Memorials will be embarking on tour next month with Just Like Vinyl – the new project from Fall Of Troy’s Thomas Erak.
The Memorials and Just Like Vinyl will make a stop at The Grape Room on Tuesday, February 1st. Local support will be provided by Phantasm and Vinny Vegas.
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