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Bootblacks

(NYC)
Genre: Punk

FOLLOWING A HANDFUL OF FORMATIVE SESSIONS WITH PROLIFIC DRUMMER/PRODUCER JIM SCLAVUNOS (NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS, SONIC YOUTH), THE BROOKLYN-BASED BOOTBLACKS RELEASED ITS FIRST EP, NARROWED, IN THE FALL OF 2012. DEBUT FULL- LENGTH VEINS CAME NEXT IN 2016 AND WAS BACKED BY EXTENSIVE TOURING. 2017’S FRAGMENTS FOUND THE BAND EXPANDING TO A BIGGER, MORE ATMOSPHERIC AND SYNTH- HEAVY SOUND. THE ALBUM LANDED ON MANY YEAR-END LISTS AND HELPED EARN SLOTS ON FESTIVALS SUCH AS COLD WAVES, TERMINUS, ABSOLUTION, WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN, AND MURDER OF CROWS.

THIN SKIES, BOOTBLACKS’ FIRST ALBUM FOR ARTOFFACT RECORDS, ZOOMS FORWARD WHERE FRAGMENTS LEFT OFF. THE NINE SONGS COMBINE A DRIVING, DANCEFLOOR PULSE WITH SOULFUL, MELODIC POST-PUNK, YIELDING RESULTS THAT ARE POSITIVELY ANTHEMIC.

PRODUCED BY JASON CORBETT OF ARTOFFACT LABELMATES ACTORS, THIN SKIES EVOKES SCENES OF DARK DAYS AND RECKLESS NIGHTS IN THE URBAN JUNGLE – A MARRIAGE OF POST-PUNK EMOTION AND CLUBLAND SWEAT. FRONTMAN PANTHER ALMQVIST’S BROODING VOICE CAPTIVATES AS IT VEERS FROM DETACHED COOL TO DEEP VULNERABILITY. GUITARIST ALLI GORMAN’S HARD JANGLE CHANNELS THE TRADEMARK DELAY TECHNIQUES OF [U2’S] THE EDGE,& IN THE WORDS OF POST- PUNK.COM. KEYBOARDIST BARRETT HIATT’S ARPEGGIATED SYNTHS ARE THE LIFE FORCE PUSHING THE SONGS RELENTLESSLY FORWARD, AS LARRY GORMAN BASHES A MIX OF ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRONIC DRUMS WITH POWER AND PERFECTION.

BACKING VOCALS COME COURTESY OF SHANNON HEMMETT (ACTORS) AND KENNEDY ASHLYN (SRSQ, THEM ARE US TOO).

Our Bike Benefits Program: 2-for-1 on all beers and rails during happy hour if you ride your bicycle to the club
Cactus Club
2496 S. Wentworth Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
414-897-0663
Hours
  • WED & THURS: 4:00 PM—12:00 AM
  • FRI: 4:00 PM—2:00 AM
  • SAT: 11:00 AM—2:00 AM
  • SUN: 11:00 AM—10:00 PM
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Just Announced
Tue 04/12/22
8:00PM
music
Tue 12/14/21
7:30PM
music

Liam Kazar • Dusk

18+
$10 ADV // $12 DOS
Sun 12/26/21
7:00PM
music

CLUB RULES: No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no transphobia, no fatphobia, no hatefulness. (Thanks, AfroPunk)

Cactus Club is committed to creating a welcome and inclusive environment. Predatory behavior is not tolerated. All gender expressions are welcomed and affirmed.

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