I think we all deserve a treat for making it through Monday. I wonder if the Mexican place down the street will deliver me a margarita… I’d lick one off the floor right about now. Cinco de Mayo is Friday, but I don’t think I can make it that long. Mas tequila, por favor. Nevermind. I’ll wait. Fuck it all. At least I don’t have to wait to see some live music, and neither do you, princess.
Tonight is the night. Portland alt/rock/indie/punk band Classy on Occasion is having their album release party tonight at Empire with special guests Tim Mercer and Mechanical Banshees. The cover is only $3, and the drinks are sauce-ome. Wheeee!! I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Classy’s debut full length album, “She Devil”. It’s amazing. I’ve listened to it in its entirety three times since arrving at work today. All with minimal interruption. I deal with sales people on the reg. See earlier statement about margarita. Rocks and salt, por favor.
The very first track on the album, “Hey Autumn”, grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. It’s catchy and infectious. It took me a few songs into the record to come to the conclusion that Classy on Occasion has a very Taking Back Sunday/Brand New/Jimmy Eat World sound. The traditional alt/punk sound with a touch of rock n’ roll and blues. I’m an alt girl at heart, and oh man… Their sound brought me back to my college days, when I was in my early twenties. I was a student DJ/program director at 89.3 WHSN at New England School of Communications. I was hell bent on making radio great again (so naive, I was). “She Devil” flooded me with memories of when I was young and ambitchous. Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t trifle with me. I’m ambitious enough to make your life a living hell if I need to ❤
This is an album you need to get your hands on if you truly enjoy the alt/punk genre. It was love at first listen. If you aren’t able to make it to the show tonight at Empire, at least check these guys out on Facebook or Youtube. They’ll be selling copies of their new album tonight at the show, but you can buy the digital download if it’s more your speed. Friggin tech freaks. By the way, “Raysong” kicks ass. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
Thanks to Kyle, Patrick, Ray and Jeff for the advance copy of the album. It shall remain in heavy rotation for my solo at-work listening parties.
All for the love radio (and local music),