Pissed Jeans

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Allentown noise punks Pissed Jeans manage to be both amazingly straightforward and nuanced at the same time. Pairing the no-holds-barred rants of singer Matt Korvette against a dense wall of sound that’s often grating on the senses, it’s fairly easy to see why Sup Pop—the Seattle label famous for introducing the world to the sludgy sounds of Nirvana and Mudhoney way back when—decided to take a chance on them. 

Lyrically, Korvette treads somewhere on the line between meditative and full-blown apoplectic, sounding as if he’s yelling through a cheap megaphone. Case in point:  Pissed Jeans’ fourth LP, Honeys, released last year.  The opener, “Bathroom Laughter,” uses its ostensibly nonsensical refrain to describe pent-up emotions amid a menacing bass riff and primal screams, while “Chain Worker” lashes out at mundane office life with droning psych-fuzz and minimal percussion. Now in his 30s, Korvette’s venting about such adult frustrations might come off as trite and belated, but he does so in a way that channels a certain matter-of-factness that gets the point across without sounding overly bitchy. 

Though Pissed Jeans earns regular praise for its output, it tends to stay relatively quiet on the touring circuit, a fact Korvette attributes to the members all having to work day jobs.  It’s anyone’s guess as to when they’ll pop up again following the three East Coast dates they have lined up for this month, but given how chaotic their live shows can become, local fans shouldn’t have any reason to complain after their gig at Union Transfer tonight. // JAKE ABBATE

8:30pm. $15. With Purling Hiss + Trophy Wife. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
 

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Saturday, February 08, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/08/2014. .

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