ONCE Somerville Presents
Unnatural Axe, The Hi-End
Sun, June 4, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)ONCE Ballroom
$14 - $17
This event is 18 and over
Doors @ 7:30pm / Show @ 8:15pm
18+ / All ages admitted with an adult
$14 advance / $17 walk up
Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show / Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 7:30pm if not sold outhttps://www.oncesomerville.com/event/1440084/
Their debut album “Racey Roller”, famously describedv by Robin Wills (The Barracudas) as “Cock Sparrer twinned with the Equals”, has quickly become an underground sensation, highly praised by publications as diverse as Mojo, Rolling Stone and Maximum Rock’n’Roll.
“Racey Roller”, recorded with vintage all-analog studio equipment by studio sorcerers Ufo Hi-Fi, and graced with an iconic cover art courtesy of French designer and glam fanatic Tony CrazeeKid, was issued by US indie Dead Beat Records, TKO, UK Damaged Goods and the Italian Fungo Records for a total of 10.000 copies.
Working from the same glammy three-chord blueprint as groups like Slade, T. Rex, Faces, Mud, Status Quo, and the Sweet, Giuda take you back to a monumental bygone era of rock’n’roll.
Specifically the early 70’s pre-punk, glitter days when music was all about monstrous riffs, bousterous attitudes, high energy experimentation and fun. Giuda take that same glammy, proto-punk foundation and fuse it with the grimy, tattered muck of bands like Third World War, Eddie And The Hot Rods and Cock Sparrer to create a timeless arsenal of glam injected, pub rock classics.
The story of Giuda begins in 2007 and is inextricably connected with that of Rome’s punk rock integralists Taxi. When Taxi’s career was cut short by the tragic passing of their drummer, singer Tenda and lead guitarist Lorenzo regrouped as Giuda. The current lineup is rounded out by guitarist Michele adding a second layer of boogie sparks to the mix, while bassist Danilo (himself from an early incarnation of Taxi) and drummer Daniele constitute the groovy yet solid rhythm bedrock without which no good r’n’r could ever be created.
Self-confessed Giuda fan Phil King (Lush, Jesus And Mary Chain) wrote: “their performance transported me back to the heady days of watching punk groups play in the back rooms of dodgy London pubs in 1977″. Robin Wills agrees: “This is the most fun I have enjoyed watching a live band since The Fleshtones in their prime. This is no single minded retro trip, but pure energy, loud, tight and concise.”
This appearance would require The Hi End to play original material. Since they all wanted to form a new band together anyway they stepped it up, wrote some tunes, played the festival and just kept going. Since then they’ve continued to build a following by playing gigs with like-minded bands The Worried, MOTO, Love/Love, and The Upper Crust to name a few. They’ve also performed live on 91.5 WMFO.
The Hi End recently headed in to the studio and recorded four songs which appear on their brand new “100 Proof” e.p. The songs are: 100 Proof, Wreckin’ Ball, Ain’t No Funny Stuff, and I Don’t Really Care. All are solid upbeat rockers – bright, catchy, to the point, memorable hooks…complete with confident vocals, dual rhythm-guitar interplay, and a tight bass and drum combo holding it together by the throat.
The CD release date of “100 Proof” is Thursday, June 11th. The Hi End will celebrate by having a show at the Midway Cafe with the Upper Crust, Thee Fabulous Itchies, and Shiny Beasts - A GREAT BILL!
All the members of The Hi End are currently involved in various other Boston bands such as area rock kings The Boston Swindlers, infamous psycho punk band the Skeleton Beats, and the respected outfit known as Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion. Past bands they have been involved in include Johnny Carlevale & The Rolling Pins, The B-Movie Rats, Amigazo, and Liquid Confidence respectively.
The Hi End are:
Johnny Carlevale - Vocals
Curt Florczak - Guitar
Bruno Giordano - Guitar
Anthony Giordano - Bass
Scott Sugarman - Drums
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143