The unfurling decisions of our president-elect may have you itching nervously and eyeing Canada or Mexico as escape routes, but remember we have our own trash USA that’s way better than the real one taking shape: Disposable America. The record label consistently releases records and hosts shows that give you another reason to keep clinging, even with acts like Soft Fangs or Horse Jumper of Love who have you contemplating the point of it all regardless. This upcoming Tuesday, the fine folks at Disposable America are throwing a concert that will let you escape it all, if only for one night, to remember there’s gloomy music here to help you wallow in our crumbling world at large.
Great Scott will see Horse Jumper of Love, Soft Fangs, Funeral Advantage, Saccharine, and Lilith play for only $10. The slew of local acts promises a night of love, family values, and genuine artwork that confronts despair. In a time when it seems America is burning all of said things, saying this evening will be a nice change of pace is an understatement.
It’s been over half a year since Horse Jumper of Love released its self-titled debut LP, but it still hits with necessary weight. The slow-rock trio plays with dynamics, frontman Dimitri Giannopoulos speaking softly into the microphone, almost at a whisper, seconds before the three smash down on their instruments, letting out a communal howl so loud that you think you skipped a track. Their songs push against your chest. But then the pressure releases its hand and allows listeners to turn outwards, breathe deep, and find themselves refreshed. It’s an intensity that promises levity. You just have to wait it out. Sound familiar?
There may not be an easy way to accept what’s going on in the world. In fact, it may be easier to get involved, to take part in voicing concerns, and to try to see how to shift the track of a train already barreling forward. Sometimes the world drops a 50-pound weight on your face. Instead of letting it squish you, push it to the side, look at what it represents, and then transition to the goodness beside it. The visual transition between such starkly different sights—and sounds—makes the better side that much, well, better.
We live in Boston, a city of diversity within a blue state. Don’t let a nation in arms make you feel you must lower your own. This is the united state of music. Let’s try to preserve it for as long as we can.
HORSE JUMPER OF LOVE, SOFT FANGS, FUNERAL ADVANTAGE, SACCHARINE, LILITH. TUE 11.29. GREAT SCOTT, 1222 COMM. AVE., ALLSTON. 8PM/18+/$10. GREATSCOTTBOSTON.COM