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August 23, 2019 | doors at 8:23pm
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Triple Ds presents:
THE CYNICS
Paint Fumes | Bad Spell
Part of the EARL's 20th Anniversary Series!

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The Cynics
Formed in 1983 by Get Hip Recordings owner Gregg Kostelich, The CYNICS are a Garage-Punk institution.

Guitarist/producer/record company head Gregg Kostelich is the frenetic force behind THE CYNICS. He managed to keep the band afloat in the wake of constant personnel changes, he recorded some of the finest garage tracks ever, and also launched one of the best independent record labels of the 1980s. THE CYNICS’ style has been clear since their 1983 inception: fuzzed ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are extreme ‘60s Punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash. Gregg has occasionally steered the band into flirtations with folk-rock and little pop, but it’s the grunged-out punkers that have created THE CYNICS’ reputation. Their first two 45s were released by the Californian Dionysus label, but soon after Gregg had established his own Pittsburgh-based GET HIP RECORDINGS who would release all of THE CYNICS albums and singles, as well as those by countless great garage, punk-rock and power-pop releases by other bands from around the globe.

Though Gregg’s guitar is the backbone of the band, vocalist Michael Kastelic’s contribution to THE CYNICS sound cannot be underestimated. In concert (and on record) he screeches, wails, and moans with great abandon, while his frail, thin body shakes throughout the room. Michael is a truly possessed frontman.

Since the 2007 recording in Spain of the band’s 7th full-length album, Here We are, The CYNICS have been graced with a fantastic and powerful rhythm section of two talented musicians from Asturias (Spain): Angel Kaplan and Pablo Gonzalez. They have been touring relentlessly with the band since and also joined Gregg and Michael in Detroit for the recording of their latest album, SPINNING WHEEL MOTEL (2012) under the masterful direction of Jim Diamond .

In an interview on March 21, 1986, Gregg Kostelich said “I was maybe 4 or 5 when I started collecting Garage records, and I’ve been listening to that type of music ever since. And I was lucky enough to see a couple of shows I was a little kid…my parents would bring to see bands like THE SONICS and THE BLUE MAGOOS and THE WHO, when I was about 7 or 8! I didn’t know what was going on really, but it was really exciting. I was kinda embarrassed in a way because I was with my parents.” When I mentioned that this early exposure to garage music explained THE CYNICS style, Gregg responded “Yeah, maybe I got brain damage from all the noise!
Paint Fumes
PAINT FUMES drew first blood together in the year 2011, sharing a mutual love of garage scuzz and brain-chain reaction, and the connection was immediate and fierce. Sounds congealed via weekly seances at the Sewercide Mansion in Charlotte, NC and relentless touring which brought their unhinged reverberations to points all across the USA. Like the lovechild of Link Wray and Cheetah Chrome, raised by Lemmy on the streets of Venus, they sweated out the fever every night in ecstatic style. By the time Slovenly Recs got around to spitting out a couple classic 45s and their debut platter Uck Life, most true heads and even those way out of the know alike had gotten the message. Deep within a blitzkrieg of treble and feedback, there were real live tunes to sink your teeth into – the stuff that's stuck in your head when you wake up in another dimension.
In the year of the horse, the 'Fumes swelled in ranks with Ian Rose and Ben Carr of NC synthtopian punks Natural Causes, starting twelve thrash bands and surviving on nothing but hallucinations of vegetarian chimichangas. Together this crew ruined the beaches of Europe with Los Vigilantes, converted hundreds on the all-night diesel-powered festival circuit and in the midst of it all took a vacation down to Puerto Rico and committed to tape a new full-length entitled If it ain't Paint Fumes it ain't worth a huff!
Bad Spell
Bad Spell is a three-piece garage rock & roll combo hailing from Atlanta, GA.
Members Bryan G. Malone (The Forty-Fives), Shane Pringle (Tiger! Tiger!, Go-Devils) and Pietro Digenarro (The Booze, Midnight Larks) produce an electric and driving rock & roll sound that draws from such influences as early Stones, Sonics, Remains, Roky Erickson, MC5, Dead Moon, Moving Sidewalks, Scientists, Howlin' Wolf & Chuck Berry to name a few.

Forming in 2016, the band began to play locally but soon found themselves being asked to perform in venues all over the Southeast with acts such as Guitar Wolf, NoBunny, Subsonics and many others.
The approach was simple: A fuzzy guitar, a booming baritone and a madman on drums playing catchy songs with a more than a hint of hell-bound attitude and plenty of reckless abandon. Their psyched-out over the top live show has endeared them to the Atlanta music scene and beyond.

Bad Spell's first recording effort "Don't Go Out Tonight" was recorded in 2018 at Atlanta's Living Room Studios (Black Lips, Curtis Harding, Jacuzzi Boys etc) and is a rollicking 35 minutes of fuzzed-out, psyched-up southern garage rock & roll.

Coming this Spring on Midnight Cruiser Records!!



"The ass-kicking three-man uprising known as Bad Spell is the best fucking band in Atlanta right now! A three ring circus of clashing intensity."
Jeff Clark - Stomp & Stammer

"This is Dirty Ass Rock & Roll!"
Bullet Music

"Bad Spell’s most recent track titled “Don’t Go Out Tonight,” offers a healthy dose of fuzzed up, grimy psychedelia. Throughout the song, which was produced by Bad Spell and Ed Rawls of Living Room Studios, singer Bryan Malone’s scratchy vocals deal with topics of paranoia and loneliness.
The song is both gloomy and grinding, maintaining momentum via drum crashes with organ pads courtesy of guest musician Spencer Garn, and a trippy and scuffed up guitar solo that rips all the way to the end of the song."
Creative Loafing