KEXP Suggests: The Fresh & Onlys, Terry Malts, and Ziskis @The Crocodile 9/16

The Fresh & Onlys / photo by David Black

Sundays don’t have to be lazy/sleepy/boring – in fact with the line-up at The Crocodile it would be pretty difficult for anyone to stand still/sit down/laze around. Garage rock! Wake up! The weekend isn’t over yet…

First up is Ziskis with their playful and noisy punk fresh out of Seattle, followed by Terry Malts, Ramones-esque punk, and ending with The Fresh & Onlys, who have released several albums over the past few years that have grabbed attention for eschewing the typical fuzz coming out of San Fran in favor of more 60s effected garage rock.

Having bands of similar sounds play together at the same show could easily end up doing what having Ziskis open for two more established garage bands does – they sound like an earlier, a bit younger, version of the last two bands. Ziskis “Half Cig” is a classic garage anthem – yeah, we don’t care that our lyrics are stupid, we still rock. It’s the attitude that counts. Having been in Seattle show rotation for a over a year or so now, they also played SXSW. So even if their facebook hasn’t really been updated much since 2011, I think they’re worth your time.

Terry Malts emerged from the San Francisco noise garage scene with their Ramones-era punk sound a few years ago and since then have been playing constantly – they put out two 7″ with Slumberland Records and their recent “Killing Time” album on cassette through the punk, DIY, don’t-care label Burger Records (who put out bands like Black Lips) – which they should have copies of at the show Sunday. More refined than a small town garage band but not quite over-thinking things yet, well I’ll stop pointing out the stages of being a garage band now and just say that they will be super fun live.

The Fresh and Onlys are among those bands frequently credited with the current surge of noise coming from bay area – alongside the wierdo issuings from the mind of John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees, the youthful 90s era sounds of Ty Segall, and the folk grunge of White Fence. With a few albums out that played with a garage based 60s influenced sound, they regrouped, focused, and put out their current album Long Slow Dance, which came out September 4thWhile the album doesn’t make quite as much noise as those before it it still rocks. Their folk inspired sound pushes the band a bit closer towards indie, which perhaps they were edging towards anyways, equaling something that is substantially more well thought out, even if it isn’t quite the bouncing youth we start off loving a garage band for.

You can get tickets online or at the door @ The Crocodile. Also tune in to KEXP Sunday afternoon at 1:00PM to hear The Fresh and Onlys with their live In-Studio Session! Tune in to get ready and go out to see the whole show!

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