Rocket Shop Live at Arts Riot 12/6: Blowtorch; Full Walrus = 105.9FM The Radiator's 10th Birthday Party!
Words by Big Heavy World. Blowtorch Photos by James Lockridge.
Big Heavy World is about to get even heavier this December 6, as Blowtorch join Full Walrus on the ArtsRiot stage for the latest installment of Rocket Shop LIVE, made possible with co-presenters Arts Riot and RETN and celebrating the tenth anniversary of 105.9FM The Radiator, Burlington's community radio station!
Rocket Shop is Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, featuring weekly live performances and interviews from musicians from around the state. Broadcasting direct from the Big Heavy headquarters inside the SEABA Center on Pine street in Burlington, Rocket Shop airs every Wednesday night from 8-9pm on 105.9FM The Radiator. You can also stream The Radiator 24/7 at bigheavyworld.com or tune in through iTunes' ‘eclectic’ radio section.
Breaking from its tradition of radio only broadcasts, Rocket Shop is now teaming up with ArtsRiot and guest host Paddy Reagan to present you Rocket Shop Live, a live concert series held monthly straight from the Arts Riot main stage. This week features performances courtesy of Chittenden county punk rockers Blowtorch and shoegazing art rock outfit Full Walrus
Doors are at 7:15; music at 7:45, and the show is free, handicapped accessible, and open to fans of all-ages.
Big thanks to co-presenter RETN for taping the concert for television and Joe Egan at Egan Media for recording the show! Rocket Shop Live is supported in part by a grant from the Burlington City Arts Community Fund. Be sure to keep up with podcasts of prior Rocket Shop episodes on iTunes or at bigheavyworld.com/rocketshop!
In the words of Seven Days' Dan Bolles, "When attempting to describe Blowtorch's sound, the pair is slightly more effusive but, ultimately, just as vague. Mullins writes the music and collaborates with Russell on lyrics. But that doesn't make either terribly eager to try and define it. "I think the music has a more melodious aspect that sort of defies the category of 'punk,'" suggests Russell. "Although it's not pop-rock, either." Pausing for a moment, he quips, "metamorphic rock?" before he quickly rescinds the idea. But it might actually be pretty close to the mark. Russell goes on to lay out the band's longstanding credo: "No swear words. And no love songs." And that, too, could be a fairly apt description, in a minimalist, punkish sort of way." Read Dan's article and Amelia Devoid's recent review of the new Blowtorch LP, 'Justice or Else.'
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Full Walrus' music combines elements from a variety of strong influences such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Animal Collective, My Bloody Valentine and a number of other bands that are good! The live performance not only provides a louder and more energetic version of the songs, but also dives deep into improvisation, experimentation, and noise. A man who refers to himself as Forkster has called Full Walrus' music quote "punchy and etherial"!
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