AJJ

AJJ

Antarctigo Vespucci, Pllush

Sun · April 7, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 adv / $25 door

This event is all ages

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Antarctigo Vespucci
Antarctigo Vespucci
Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock's sunshine pop-punk outfit Antarctigo Vespucci took its first breath with the release of their debut mini-LP, 2014's Soulmate Stuff.

When Rosenstock's band Bomb the Music Industry! called it quits in 2013, Farren — whose own band, Fake Problems, had also disbanded — happened to find himself in New York around the same time, armed with a collection of songs that he took to his friend Rosenstock. The pair quickly set about recording the tracks, drafting in the Gaslight Anthem's Benny Horowitz on drums, as well as BtMI's Laura Stevenson and Latterman's Mike Campbell on guest duties. Released in early 2014, Soulmate Stuff drew on Rosenstock's punk roots while matching the pop-punk of Farren's own band, Fake Problems. While both members originally saw the release as a one-off, the duo recorded a full-length debut album, Leavin' La Vida Loca, issuing it the following year. As Farren and Rosenstock's own solo careers started to take off, Antarctigo Vespucci went on the back burner. In 2018 the duo returned to the studio after finding time in their busy schedules to record their sophomore album. Signing to Polyvinyl and Big Scary Monsters, the labels issued the album Love in the Time of E-Mail toward the end of that year.
Pllush
Pllush
The San Francisco-based band Pllush — note the new additional ‘l’ — have a couple releases out there already, including 2016’s Please EP and last year’s split with fellow name-changers Remember Sports. That split featured “50/50 20/20,” a stunner of a track that sounded like the band had finally broke their sound right open, and it’s great to hear that development carry through to “Shannon,” the first single from their forthcoming debut full-length.

Their new album is called Stranger To The Pain, though the song’s wallowing suggests that the band has faced their fair share of hardship. “Let you in, oh Shannon/ Wait around until our days are done,” Karli Helm sings, her voice a smoky sigh. “Won’t give in to Shannon/ And won’t give it a rest while we’re still young.” It’s a burnt-out, dreamy haze that feels tentative about life’s uncertainties even as it sounds supremely confident.

- James Retig, Stereogum
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com