City Paper is not for tourists
Threads of hardcore and post-punk history knot through many tracks from emerging rock bands these days, but on its 2014 debut album, Eighteen Hours of Static, Brooklyn-based quartet Big Ups takes a fresh approach that feels inspired, not encumbered, by the bands that came before it. Frontman Joe Galarraga shows off a controlled, shouty vocal delivery on tracks like “Wool,” while drummer Brendan Finn, bassist Carlos Salguero, and guitarist Amar Lal layer elements of sludge, dub punk, and neo-hardcore under it. Anti-establishment lyrics (“I don’t need God and I don’t need you/To save my soul, make me feel whole,” Galaragga grumbles on “Atheist Self-Help”) combined with squealing guitars and aggressive percussion might not be the most novel thing to happen to music this decade, but Big Ups delivers its familiar frustrations in a new, head-turning package. Big Ups performs with Witch Coast and the Black Sparks at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.