The Urinals, Far Corners, Man Hands, and More - Double Nickels Collective - 2/22/14
The Urinals, Far Corners, Man Hands, Button Struggler, Mr. Atomm's Bombs
Alex Remple The Urinals perform at Double Nickels in Tempe last night.
Double Nickels Collective
In the sterile fluorescent light of Tempe's Double Nickels Collective, a crowd of about 50 congregated with the shared intention of seeing Southern California's legendary punk trio The Urinals Saturday night. It was a tight squeeze, as is common with in-store shows, but the constrictions of the bins and display shelves made for an intimate setting spatially, which is ideal for this class of entertainment.
Alex Remple Mr. Atomm's Bombs
The night kicked off with a set from Trunk Space favorites Mr. Atomms Bombs. The trio of ambitious young bucks cranked out 15 minutes of spastic punk rippers. The guitar stylization borrowed heavily from Thurston Moore and was backed by somewhat flimsy, disengaged drumming. The vocal burden was shared by all three members and ranged from flat mumbling to incomprehensible shrills. While not entirely cohesive, the performance was spirited and set a good tone for the evening.
Button Struggler took the floor next and delivered a stampede of garage punk tirades. Comparable to a much less meticulous Marked Men, Button Struggler could easily fall into the lineup of a Killed by Death compilation but somehow manages to lean toward pop punk as well. It was a good set but not the most memorable of the night.
Alex Remple Man Hands
Rounding off the local support was Man Hands, a longstanding outfit fronted by Jackie Cruz, who also organized the show with Eastside Records owner Mike Pawlicki. Comparable to bands such as The Wipers but possessing more modern sheen: Man Hands flew through a hefty set of upbeat, garage-damaged punk rock led by Cruz's powerfully belted melodies and gruff accents.