When: Fri., Jan. 3, 9:30 p.m. 2014
In 2012, Ghostt Bllonde quickly counted off a series of new-band milestones. They made their live debut in January. By July, they'd answered their onstage verve with a strong full-length recording, the aptly titled TrashPop//DoomWop. In December, the young act inked a deal with local label Negative Fun, a move that should assure that Ghostt Bllonde's profile continues to rise through 2014. They've already promised the cassette release of some DoomWop castaways, a split 7-inch and a sophomore LP.
Even without a flood of pending activity, it's easy to imagine 2014 as a breakout year for Ghostt Bllonde, especially as the quietly released DoomWop continues to gain notice. Their combination of lo-fi grit and retro shimmer suggests area inspirations The Love Language and Max Indian, while their direct melodies and snotty asides recall Wavves. But head Bllonde Marc Kuzio is more than a mimic. His best moments capture heartbroken melodrama that bridges Phil Spector grandiosity with pop-punk simplicity. They'll headline over the beloved Hammer No More The Fingers, whose superball energy and oddball humor mine anthems from alt-rock idiosyncrasy. Museum Mouth opens; their earnest, fuzz-blasted pop-punk is a consistent sour-sweet treat. —Bryan C. Reed