Tuesday, October 2, 2012


For those of you outside the loop, DJ ROXY EPOXY comes in to Slabtown every first Thursday to host her Ego Hours with synthwave, minimalwave, darkwave, punkwave, powerpopwave, and darkwave. This month, we've got three bitchen bands playing a free show in the Game Room (see here for more info about our DIY/SEWDIFY shows in the Game Room) while Roxy dragsndrops music off her laptop into the PA out front.

What you get for the low, low price of zero bones...

THOSE BOTTOM FEEDERS. They describe themselves as electro-punk, but I'd put the emphasis on the "punk" part of that. Originally from Austin, TX, frontlady/guitarist Tonya reformulated the band after relocating here to PDX but has kept the same sound. Raw and alcohol-drenched. This video doesn't capture the energy that they have on most of their songs, but it's one of my favorites. Dig it...

INVIVO. Here's what they say about themselves: "Invivo reconstructs the disconnected and fragmented soundwaves that pierce, penetrate, and filter through our otherwise confused and perplexed state of being. Sounds of beauty and dissonance, passion and angst, chaos and tranquility." Translation: They play punk with an awareness of the range of energy it can bring.

EYEPENNIES is the AKA of LUCKY VS THE BOMB/STATION ZERO's Rich Milock when performing his solo stuff. I haven't been able to find anything I can link you to so you can hear what he's doing, but he cites Elliot Smith as an influence and I'm guessing he's taken his name from the PJ Harvey/Sparklehorse song. Thinking this likely places him in a genre I've alternately heard referred to as "anti-folk" or "death-folk," and that's a good thing.

And, of course, Ms Epoxy in the front room...

DJ starts at 9, bands start at 930.