A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Whether you’re an optimist or pessimist, the summer solstice gives you something to celebrate.
For some, it’s a gateway to the glory of a Maine summer. For others, it marks the start of the northern hemisphere’s long descent into darkness.
Either way, the solstice is a starter pistol of sorts, so it’s apropos that Feral makes its live debut at the Savage Sun Solstice Show tonight at 7 p.m. at Bunker Brewery. The group is joined by fellow Portlandians Erroraeon and massholes Scalpel.
G. Souza, the event organizer and drummer for Feral, said Scalpel is “laser-precise death metal with eviscerating old-school hooks.” Erroraeon bring “nuked electronic power decay” that will “twist your psyche and make you wince.”
As for Feral, Souza said the audience should harbor no expectations. The band is comprised of members from Falls of Rauros, Stone Tools and now-defunct Zud, but their sound defies comparison.
“It doesn’t sound like any of them,” Souza said. “Just come and hear.”
Feral has been gestating since 2010. In 2012, Souza released an EP with the help of Falls of Rauros veteran Jordan Guerette, in which Souza played all the instruments. In today’s incarnation, the band is a five-piece, including Zak Haab, Souza’s bandmate from Stone Tools and Zud, the later of which broke up earlier this year.
When asked what fate befell Zud, Souza channeled Yoda.
“Loneliness leads to fear, fear leads to hate and hate destroys the things you love,” he said.
122 Anderson St. Doors at 7 p.m. Five bucks.