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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Zoners wows, Speedy Ortiz lives up to the hype

Teamwork: Dasher drummer and vocalist Kylee Kimbrough made sure a mic stand malfunction didnt slow down Zoners.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Teamwork: Dasher drummer and vocalist Kylee Kimbrough made sure a mic stand malfunction didn't slow down Zoners.
A little over a month since its July 4 live debut, local punk quintet Zoners is holding its own on bills with promising young indie acts, like it did at 529 on Tues., Aug. 6 opening for Speedy Ortiz. While the Boston-based headliners lived up to the '90s revivalist hype by sounding like a modern, female-fronted version of Pavement, Zoners' relentless assault was reminiscent of some of this century's earliest, and best, punk bands, such as the Functional Blackouts and Lost Sounds.

Concord Americas Ben Presley had his young audience dancing.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Concord America's Ben Presley had his young audience dancing.
Concord America opened the show, charging out of the suburbs with rock anthems that mix melodic punk with a tinge of Americana, making the trio's non-acoustic cover of Beck's "MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack" not sound out of place when sandwiched between several original tunes.

Guitarist Matt McCalvin, left, and bassist Wes Duvall's  Zoners is quickly making an impact on the local music scene.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Guitarist Matt McCalvin and bassist Wes Duvall's Zoners is swiftly making an impact on the local music scene.
Zoners wowed with its three-guitar assault. Though word on the street has it that the band sounds like Jay Reatard's solo material, its use of a synthesizer, operated by guitarist Ryan Davis, makes the group more akin to one of Reatard's earlier bands, the Lost Sounds.

Speedy Ortizs Matt Robidoux was a ball of pure rock n roll energy.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Speedy Ortiz's Matt Robidoux was a ball of pure rock 'n' roll energy.
Speedy Ortiz pleased its young and eager audience with a short yet potent set that mixed Sonic Youth-style guitar freakouts with guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis' wistful yet witty take on indie rock songwriting. Guitarist Matt Robidoux demonstrated talent in spades, while looking and acting like a cross between the Balkans' Brett Miller and the Damned's Captain Sensible.

Full Disclosure: Zoners bassist Wes Duvall works as Creative Loafing's Art Director.

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