Official Mo Pop Festival After Party w/ Arkells and Handgrenades
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 9:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Sunday, July 30 / 9pm doors, 10pm music / $10
Arkells: Arkells met in school. They are a critically acclaimed rock n roll band, known for their classic songwriting, electric live show, and workman like touring ethic. Their new album, High Noon, was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83) and these collection of songs are the band’s most unabashed effort yet – politically charged, heart on your sleeve lyrics combined with adventurously modern and throwback production stylings.
Handgrenades: “It’s no easy task for a band to progress their sound while retaining the distinctive elements honed in their early years. But Detroit’s the HandGrenades have pulled off this feat with aplomb, undergoing an evolution in both their physical makeup and sonic composition since forming in 2008. With 2011’s debut EP Three Cheers For the Wonder Years, the group established their trademark Beatlesesque melodies and three-part vocal harmonies, served with some garage rock edge and a bit of Motown flavor thrown in for good measure. The paradigm continued in a more refined manner with 2012’s full-length The Morning After, singer-songwriters Nick Chevillet and Andrew Pawelski (also on guitar and bass, respectively) alternating and merging vocals, Tom Pawelski on second guitar and vocals, and Joby Kaslowski manning the drum kit. Two years on, Jesse Shepherd-Bates stepped in when Tom moved on and Joel Sanders joined to add keys to the mix. With 2014’s Zach Shipps-produced 52 EP, the newly configured quintet’s guitar-driven structures surge with galvanizing immediacy while displaying some more some ethereal, experimental tones. Their latest video — for 52’s closing track, “Wrapped in Plastic” —premiered on PopMatters and the group is eying a sophomore LP on the horizon. In the meantime, catch them live to be privy to one of the mitten state’s most energetic group of ruffians.” – Cole Waterman