A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Tuesday, the most generic of all days, gets an upgrade tonight at 8 p.m. when four doom bands descend on St. John Street for a house party.
Tonight’s roster is a mix of recognizable, unrecognizable and unpronounceable band names from near and far.
Locals Eastern Spell and Sylvia will fuck shit up in their customary manner. Philadelphia’s Hivelords and Sadgiqacea (sad-juh-kay-sha) will bring their “blackened, doom, sludge sonic blast to Maine in the kindest most natural way,” said Dann Rich, guitarist for Eastern Spell.
The event coincides with the birthday of Eastern Spell drummer Eric Rancourt.
442 St. John Street. 8 p.m. 5 bucks (suggested donation).
(If you, like us, are members of the school-night crowd and cannot attend tonight’s show, don’t despair. Eastern Spell and Sylvia will be playing again this Saturday at Bayside Bowl. [More on that later this week.])
A few weeks ago, Eastern Spell posted a teaser for their untitled 7-inch split with Sylvia, but Rich said the release date is TBD.
“The Eastern Spell/Sylvia split is a mythical object that only exists in the minds of our followers,” Rich joked, before clarifying that it does indeed inhabit the physical realm.
Along those lines, vinyl will be the sole physical medium for the release, but the bands might also offer tracks on their respective Bandcamp pages (here and here), Rich said. If so, this is welcome news to poor, suffering bastards like us who lack the economic means and surface space to accommodate turntables, but still want to follow the heavy path trampled by Portland’s two-headed doom dog.
Whether doom, as a label, is fitting for the bands is a matter of some debate, Rich said. Eastern Spell has evolved into a mashup of genres.
“Metal, rock ‘n’ roll, hardcore and pop peak through here and there within our catalog,” he said.
Sylvia might be even tougher to pin down, according to Rich.
“They are giggly man bears with a love for heavy, blackened, dirty rock ‘n’ roll.”