Pohgoh

Pohgoh

Thrushes, J. Robbins

Tue, September 18, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00

This event is all ages

Pohgoh
Pohgoh
Twenty-one years is a long time between albums.  

Since calling it quits in 1997, Tampa, FL's Pohgoh has been known to break out the guitars for the occasional one-off reunion over the years. The last one reignited a missing passion and desire to write and perform music together.  Susie Ulrey (vocals, guitar), Matt Slate (guitar), Keith Ulrey (drums) and new bassistBrian Roberts (Hankshaw, Murder Suicide Pact) spent the last couple of years hunkered down in their practice space revisiting the old material while hashing out fresh ideas.   
 
In August 2017 the band made their way to Baltimore, MD'sMagpie Cage Recording Studio to record their sophomore full-length with engineer/producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). The result is Secret Club, Pohgoh's first full-length since 1997's posthumous In Memory Of Bab, consisting of songs dealing with life as a band after almost 20 years apart and Susie's 15+ year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  

Diagnosed in 2001, Susie's lyrics touch on the hardships and struggles of living with the disease including, but not limited to, a constant worry of being a burden to others  (“Business Mode”), years of chemical and drug therapies (“Super Secret Club”) and a simple nightly fight pleading with her own legs to remain still (“Who's The You”). The album does have its 'light in the darkness' moments, too, with songs about the direction of the reunited band (“Try Harder”) and the sheer power of positive thinking (“Bunch”), of which she declares “I lose battles, but I win wars.” All of this set to a backdrop of crunchy Superchunk-y guitars, even as they visit the more downtempo moments of reflection throughout the 11 tracks.  

With a rich history within the 90's DIY/indie/emo scene, Pohgoh was in a small league of female-fronted bands of the era alongside peers like Rainer Maria, Dahlia Seed & Jejune. The band's previous catalog includes several singles, a split 7" with Braid, the closing track on the Emo Diaries, Vol. 1 and the aforementioned full-length.

Secret Club is scheduled for release on CD/LP/Digital on Friday September 7, 2018.
Thrushes
Thrushes
Thrushes; part of the passerine bird family. The songs of some species are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world.

Baltimore's Thrushes bring a similar beauty to the human world with Exposing Seas, their first full length in 5 years.

Formed in 2005, the band's previous efforts (2007's Sun Come Undone and 2010's Night Falls) garnered the kind of glowing praise most indie acts could only hope for. Now, with Seas and its swirling, reverb-drenched guitars and dreamy, yet plaintively delivered vocals, the album brings to mind a mix of the classic shoegaze era-gone-by, Hounds of Love Bush-isms and a splash of 90's emo-progenitors Rainer Maria resulting in Thrushes most focused work to date.

On the band's approach to this new album, singer Anna says "Exposing Seas is an album that shows our growth as a band. We worked so hard over the past few years to create songs that were larger and louder than before without losing the ethereal mood (of the band's previous work)." Lyrically, she says "a lot of the songs have a dark feel, or a hint of longing. I guess that's just where I end up when i write even if the words aren't autobiographical." 

Recorded and produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Office of Future Plans) at Magpie Cage Studios (Baltimore, MD), Exposing Seas is now available on Florida's New Granada Records.

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PRESS FOR 'EXPOSING SEAS'
"finds the band creating atmospheric soundscapes that add another depth and emotion to modern shoegaze." - Vanyaland

"This record is immediately going into heavy rotation, and I imagine it’ll end up in my year-end top ten." - This Is That Song

"what really sets them apart are the vocals of Anna Connor, at once strong and vulnerable and the powerful rhythm section who really nail it down here (give J. Robbins some credit here for his excellent production)." - Dagger

"another dense and hypnotic journey into the world of underground rock." - Babysue

"Thrushes still sound like Thrushes, and we like that." - Komakino (Italy)

"Unknown by me, I admit I was seduced by this style, very effectively led by the excellent female vocals." - Canal Blog (France)
J. Robbins
J. Robbins
J. Robbins has been the singer/guitarist and principal songwriter in several DC-and-Baltimore-area post-punk rock bands since the late 1980s, most notably Jawbox and Burning Airlines. He is also owner and operator of the Magpie Cage recording studio in Baltimore MD.
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://themetrogallery.net/