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July 2015

Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Terry Malts Record Release, Airfix Kits Last Show

Terry Malts Record Release, Airfix Kits Last Show

Punk trio Terry Malts will celebrate its debut album, Killing Time, out Feb. 21 with a record release show tonight at Hemlock Tavern joined by fellow SF punk trio Airfix Kits

If the first single “Nauseous” is any indication, Killing Time will be filled with the Malts' catchy punk ditties, which have quickly established them as NoCal's version of The Descendents.

While this may be your last chance to see Airfix Kits before drummer Philip Lantz leaves the band, Terry Malts will be playing throughout California this month:

02/17 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern
02/23 Chico, CA Duffy’s Tavern
02/24 San Diego, CA Tower Bar 
02/25 Fullerton, CA Burger Records
02/26 Los Angeles, CA The Echo (PART TIME PUNKS)
03/09 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop

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