Smartbomb / Dead Ellington / The Thickness / Tristan Omand

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Saturday / September 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
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Worcester's own Smartbomb is no stranger to punk rock. Their music is much like their name: an explosion of ideas with thought-provoking lyrics that encourage the listener to question everything. Vocalist/guitarist Eric Widing notes "punk should be more about the approach and not about a cliché regurgitation." Building on influences from a wide range of genres within punk, hardcore, and rock 'n' roll, Smartbomb offers an inspiring blend of progressive thinking and progressive punk rock. Smartbomb come recommended for fans of 7 Seconds, Descendents, and Kid Dynamite.

Dead Ellington is a five-piece punk rock assault hailing from Boston. Their songs are driven by energy from start to finish, filled with heartfelt lyrics, explosive drums, and awe-inspiring guitars. The band itself is composed of five friends who share a common bond—the wish to create good music together and the need to share it with the world. The band released the original Refuse Rethink Rebuild split EP with the now defunct Blue Letter Days in 2006. Now in 2011 Dead Ellington is releasing it's first full-length record also titled Refuse Rethink RebuildRefuse Rethink Rebuild is a new way of thinking. It is about looking at the reality of one's surroundings and creating something new. It is all about refusing the present, rethinking the future, and rebuilding the past. "It's a way of life, not just music, it's our manifesto, embracing the D.I.Y scene from street art to punk rock."

Boston punks the Thickness have been touring the New England circuit for five years and recently released their fifth record, Karaoke Headliner. Filled with aggressive group vocals, '80s metal solos, catchy lyrics, and blasting drums, Karaoke Headliner promises to separate the band from the masses. The Thickness has played with the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hot Rod Circuit, and New Years Day; toured the U.S. and Canada; and played such festivals as South by Southwest. The band has been categorized as a throwback to punk influencers including NOFX, Bad Religion, and Face to Face. These ingredients are then mixed with a dash of Megadeth and a spritz of Bon Jovi.

Tristan Omand of Manchester, NH is an old soul. A madman with a multitrack recorder. A born entertainer with "a youthful wonderlust, strong passion, and molten ambition." A blazing flat picker. A walking music dictionary. Either way, Omand is a man with a true and honest approach to Americana music. His new album, Tolled Stories, is out now on Raised in a Barn Recordings. He takes influences from Dylan, Cash, Waits, traditional folk, and writers like Bukowski, Kerouac, and Hunter Thompson.