Ruined, A Glow Has Drained From My Heart, and CATMOM

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Billowing distortion, muffled vocals, and a meditative pace. Ruined have mastered all the elements of shoegaze. But where much shoegaze frolics in the summer twilight, this Grand Rapids duo plods through the cold night. With just bass and drums, they’re able to cover a lot of dark ground. Sometimes their sound is delicate and lovely, sometimes harsh and heavy, but always bleak and dejected. There’s something strangely invigorating about such a sustained look into the shadows.

 

You can’t remember a time before this chord, and every inch of the air is buzzing. Is this a metal riff or an ambient drone? A Glow Has Drained From My Heart is the name used by Muskegon’s Anthony Burns when he’s exploring the gray area he calls “dream metal.” This is what happens when heavy music leaves its body: all that remains are twinkling motes of dust, and a mournful memory haunting the amplifier.

 

CATMOM is the stripped-down side project of local friends Social Werq. They’re performing as a drum-and-guitar duo, but if you know Social Werq, you know what to expect. Lyrics about sexual and mental health. Music that ranges from D-beat to power non-violence. In short: everything good and loud.

 Small Craft

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Maybe you’ve wondered about the odd little masks scattered around our stage. Or maybe you were at the Small Craft Second Anniversary Party, and you remember the liberating feeling of wearing a mask at a show. Either way, you’ll want to be there when Small Craft’s mask-making table returns to the Trumbullplex. All the tools and materials you need will be provided, so you can move freely in a face of your own design.

Tuesday, May 27
7 pm
All ages
$6 suggested donation
Trumbullplex
4210 Trumbull
Detroit

Slow Mover (Boston), Seritas, Aloha Mr. Hand

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Slow Mover named their most recent album “Move Slower.” They embrace a review that compares them to “Motörhead without Lemmy or any other member and sounding nothing like them.” It’s clear that this Boston stoner rock/post-hardcore band doesn’t take itself too seriously. The music, however, is no joke. The songs are more artful, and the playing more precise than some of the trappings might suggest. And while they might live up to their name at times, they definitely take some unexpected twists and turns. When the journey’s over, you’ve arrived at the realization that “Move Slower” is as much a cogent political statement as it is a funny album title.

They’re a nice couple from the small township of Freeland, Michigan. And a devastatingly heavy doom band. Seritas play “doom with a garage approach,” leaving rough edges on their massive riffs. With just drums, voices, and a single guitar, this duo fills the entire room with rich, dark vibrations. And days later, you’ll find your skull is still ringing with evocative tunes and phrases. It’s a testimony to the endless power of both the DIY ethic and the Sabbath sound.

 

In the DVD commentary, it’s revealed that David Lynch was offered the opportunity to direct “Fast Times At Ridgemont High.” (Yes, really.) And it’s interesting to speculate what the iconic character Jeff Spicoli might have been like in Lynch’s film. We imagine him wearing the same aimless grin, but with violent impulses and surreal visions seething just beneath. Aloha Mr. Hand play the perfect soundtrack for such a character: sometimes pummeling, sometimes entrancing, but never straying too far from the shag carpeted van.

 

“Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with a little feast on our time,” so in the spirit of Jeff Spicoli, we’re having pizza delivered to this show! Our good friends from independent pop-up restaurant Pie-Sci will be selling fresh, hot slices. If you’ve joined them at Woodbridge Pub on a Sunday evening, you know their pizza is prepared with a lot of love, knowledge, and creativity. Heavy riffs and tasty pizza are a classic combination, and one we look forward to celebrating with you.

 

Monday, June 16
7 pm
All ages
$6 suggested donation
Trumbullplex
4210 Trumbull
Detroit