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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Potty Mouth headlines stacked WonderRoot bill

Though there is a stacked bill tonight at Wonderroot, featuring Philadelphia's Swearin' and local indie pop standard-bearers Gold-Bears and Places to Hide, all signs point to Massachusetts punks Potty Mouth stealing the show.

The band made its presence known two summers ago with its stellar Sun Damage EP, which was followed up last September by full-length keeper Hell Bent. Both releases stay true to the band's D.I.Y. approach without getting lost in the current garage-punk shuffle. Album cut "Black and Studs," featured in the above video, captures the band at its best, with Abby Weems' deadpan vocals challenging other punks to ask themselves why they adopted an earlier generations' clothing style. Content-wise, it's a modern version of the Subhumans classic "Reason for Existence."

They share their name with the first Bratmobile album and mirror the mid-tempo guitar assault of Slant 6, but Potty Mouth shies away from sweeping Riot Grrrl comparisons, as they are from a different time and place than those bands. The group was formed at women's only Smith College in Northampton, MA, placing them in the same scene as fellow emerging groups California X and Speedy Ortiz.

Potty Mouth plays WonderRoot with Places To Hide, Swearin,' and Gold-Bears tonight (Tues., June 10). $8. 9 p.m.

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