Sunday, March 1, 2015

ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox — Profile #3: Sat., March 7 @ Pet Rescue

Each Thursday until March 5, Square Zeros will profile one night of ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox, our four-day, twenty-plus-band festival running from March 5–8 across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Heavy Birds, Pet Rescue, 3.08.2014

The venue: 
Pet Rescue is what you really mean when you use that all-too-overused term "DIY space." Christened as a multimedia punk utopian performance/exhibition/work space in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park by its impressario Brian LaRue (SZ #30), it immediately strikes visitors as an all-too-underused resource for Brooklyn rock and roll. Simply put, once you've gotten out there for a show, and met Brian, and hung out with his crew, and met somebody you like, and dropped your cigarette butt into your beer can on the roof and chucked it into the recycling on your way out for a post-show drink, you want to get out there every night for a show, and meet Brian, and hang out with his crew, and meet somebody you like, and drop your cigarette butt into your beer can on the roof and chuck it into the recycling on your way out for a post-show drink.

It's just that fun, all-inclusive atmosphere that Brian's so damn good at cultivating. And you maybe don't show up every night, because people live there, dammit, and have to sleep sometimes. But when you do go to 346 Morgan Avenue, and you walk through that unevenly lit loading dock and climb the concrete stairs to Pet Rescue — it's right when you think "this might not be the right place" that you discover you're in the exact right place. God, I'm making it sound like Narnia, but you get the point, which is that it might be Narnia.

So without further ado, we cordially invite you to celebrate the shit out of life with us and some great bands at Pet Rescue* on Saturday, March 7 for night three of ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox.

*Again, possibly Narnia. I don't think I'm overselling this. — JM

The bands:

The latest rock and roll outlet for hardest-working-man-in-rock-and-roll Jamie Frey (Square Zeros episode forthcoming), NO ICE is in, as Jamie puts it, that early honeymoon period where they can open shows all the time, play whatever they want, and nobody's coming in with any expectations. What to expect, then?

NO ICE

Earnest, no-frills rock and roll that takes bands like The Replacements, Archers of Loaf, and Dinosaur Jr. as proposals — not unassailable ideals — and carves out its own unique territory.



If you think I liked the now-defunct Mayor Creep (SZ #17), you should see how I'm bursting over Alex-es Gruenberg and Heigl's new band Best Behavior. I've repped them so hard at this point that I'm about 99% sure that they're just being nice, and I've made it weird.


Best Behavior

What can I say, other than this: Best Behavior has taken the best beats, vocal sparkle, and too-cool guitar tones the fifties and sixties had to offer and spiked them with punk energy. God, what if The Kinks had formed in '77? You'd kill to see that band, right?



BIG HUGE haven't been on the Square Zeros podcast. Yet. But they've got some unassailable real estate on our Picture Dump. Point being, we can't keep away from their shows. From their ferocious originals to their Halloween half-set as Prince and the Revolution, they're an unstoppable dance party.


BIG HUGE

They've got a big tour lined up after ZeroFest, so we're gonna send 'em off in style. They kicked off their last tour at Pet Rescue, and legend has it that Dan's feet were in the air for more of the set than they were on the floor. Who's keeping stopwatch this time?



Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10), recently dubbed "the quintessential garage band" by the New York Timesread it and weep, NERDS — are up next to bring the night an infusion of tight punk rock.

Sunset Guns at ZeroFest. Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk.

When Sunset Guns played ZeroFest in October, we said, and I quote: "If you've got more than four people in the crowd at a Sunset Guns show, one of those people will crowd-surf. It's an incontrovertible law." Take two: If you've got four people in Sunset Guns at a Sunset Guns show, a member of Sunset Guns will crowd-surf. It's a ZeroFest tradition.



You never know when the cops are gonna get called on a noise complaint at your house show. That's why it's good to know your neighbors. You also never know when you're gonna need to get blasted and party to some hilariously unhinged rock and roll. That's why it's good to know The Neighbors.

The Neighbors

As a placeholder, when I was writing this, I wrote "MORE NEIGHBORS," to remind myself to write more about The Neighbors. But now I think I like it. It's short and to the point, and it's how I feel. More Neighbors. MORE NEIGHBORS, DUDES.



The Space Merchants (Aileen Brophy, SZ #5) have been getting after it lately. Mike wrote one of our favorite solo albums for Hearts Bleed Radio's Four-Track Challenge, and Aileen was on another one. They ripped up the Lower East Side last week. And Carter's been playing in Jim Jarmusch's band, for Christ's sake.

The Space Merchants

Add to that the four In Defense Of articles they wrote for us during a hilarious and revealing Square Zeros band residency, and you've got a band that's hitting on all cylinders. Their music? Undeniable psych-space rock, calmly flowing out of the speakers until you're all knee-deep in it and going nowhere slow. What, you got somewhere else to be?

The rundown:
ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox NIGHT THREE!
Saturday, March 7th at Pet Rescue, 346 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
NO ICEBest BehaviorBIG HUGESunset GunsThe NeighborsThe Space Merchants
8pm–1am, all-ages, $5 suggested donation


Next Thursday, ZeroFest 2 BEGINS! And we unveil our last stop for the festival: a dynamite Sunday matinee at Silent Barn. Thanks, guys.

— DJH, BW, + JM

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