OPEN CITY LP (mems. of PAINT IT BLACK/LIFETIME/CEREMONY)

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Postby andynelson » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:59 am

Hello, friends. Your new hymnal is available now. Resistance music for dangerous times.

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Listen & get limited vinyl here (includes immediate download):
http://www.theeopencity.com

Euros & Brits go here:
http://endhitsrecords.bigcartel.com/

Wholesale copies available through Ebullition, RevHQ and Revolver.

About the record:
Spoiler: show
"I know you’d like if we just sat silent / and never challenged your ideas," asserts Rachel Rubino in the opening moments of Open City, the eponymous debut by the Philadelphia four-piece, over a blast of hardcore dissonance. “So here's how we feel, here’s what we want, here’s what we need: to be heard!” Open City is a project embedded with histories — people, places, sounds, scenes. Bringing together collective decades of experience in East Coast punk and DIY communities, specifically ones known for prying open the melodic sides of punk rock, hardcore and post-punk, the project is: singer and lyricist Rachel Rubino (Bridge And Tunnel, Worriers), bassist Andy Nelson (Paint It Black, Ceremony, Dark Blue), guitarist Dan Yemin (Paint It Black, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Armalite), and drummer Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists).

“Hell Hath No Fury” is the album’s opening track, an apt point of entry to Open City’s ten tracks of dynamic post-hardcore and Rubino’s wide-ranging vocals, which fluctuate from shouts and screams, to melodic hooks and the occasional deadpan. “I've personally never felt like I fit into the binary of what a woman should be or do,” Rubino says, reflecting on the song. “I feel a strong desire to disconnect gender from talents and actions. I constantly want to find new ways of challenging myself, and through that to challenge the stale ideas others have placed on us. I refuse to do so in silence. I believe in the individual’s right to govern themselves based on what they feel is right and true to their vision of a positive reality.”

A shared ideology is central to Open City. The project grew out of a mutual desire for a band that rehearsed continuously, coupled with an urgent need for something faster and more aggressive than some of its members had done before. Yemin, Nelson and Wilson spent a year carving out the band’s sonic framework, searching for a singer who spoke their common musical language, one inspired by 90s basements and commitment to DIY as an ongoing process. By the time they found Rubino, they’d already linked up with Will Yip at Studio 4 to record the instrumental tracks for the record, fueled by eagerness, frustration, and utter necessity. The result is an album that moves seamlessly, full of thoughtfulness and careful rage.

Open City draws direct inspiration from a specific period in underground punk. “The most exciting shows I’ve seen in my entire life have been in basements in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York, during 1991 through the early 00s. Specifically Sarah Kirsch’s bands,” Yemin says, speaking of the prolific punk songwriter who played in 12 bands over 20 years, including John Henry West, Torches to Rome, Bread and Circuits, and Fuel. “Those bands were really inspiring in terms of how she did things, what the records sounded like and looked like, the interface between content and design, and presentation and process. Most recently Mothercountry Motherfuckers, the posthumous record that just came out, that was my favorite record of the past few years.” In the early 90s, Kirsch’s music left Yemin in awe: for its aggression, for its melody, the energy, the things said on stage between songs.

Open City weaves in and out of pointed themes: sexism, not staying silent, but also the hollowness of words in the face of inaction. The stakes are high. “I am tired / and you are right / we’ve given up the fight,” Rubino scowls on “Nerve Center”. “Trading my cards in for other efforts / find a place where I can be more effective / What a fucking joke!” It’s a song that stares you right in the eye and couldn’t be better timed. "All these words they don’t mean shit when all you do is yell at bricks," Rubino screams on a cut that rallies against inequality, “Brother I'm Getting Nowhere.”

These are songs about sleepless nights, the reality of endings, about feeling stuck, honing on a purpose; about fighting, and then not fighting. “There's an inherent anger at the systems of oppression and abuse that constantly diminish and destroy the efforts of folks who are fighting for a better world,” Rubio says. “There's a deep disappointment for a lack of support and care from individuals in my life and in my community who I expected more from. There's a heavy dose of self-analysis, in a range from self care to self-loathing. Finding hope in strange places. Mourning loss along a timeline you cannot control. Trying to understand it. Admitting that I can't. It exists in that tense place where frustration is fighting apathy.”

- Liz Pelly


Upcoming Shows:
Feb 03 - Suburbia - Brooklyn, NY
Feb 04 - Aurora - Providence, RI
Feb 05 - In The West - New Brunswick, NJ
Feb 16 - Everybody Hits - Philadelphia, PA
Feb 17 - Comet Ping Pong - Washington, DC
Feb 18 - Black Iris - Richmond, VA
Feb 19 - Downsquares - Baltimore, MD
Apr 29 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
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Postby chainofbradley » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:44 pm

Had this on repeat all night; so good! Will be pre-ordering asap!
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Postby andynelson » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:51 pm

Nice!
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Postby jaredfromsubway » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:53 am

I like
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Postby Endeliot » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:56 am

This band is awesome, which is *not (edited to remove extreme sentiment changing typo lolz)* surprising given the musicians involved, but still..damn.
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Postby andynelson » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:04 am

Can we put that quote on the hype sticker? Hahaha
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Postby Wilson Phillips » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:34 am

Endeliot wrote:This band is awesome, which is surprising given the musicians involved, but still..damn.



Interesting take. Everything dan has done is exceptional, this is no different.
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Postby Endeliot » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:20 am

Wilson Phillips wrote:
Endeliot wrote:This band is awesome, which is surprising given the musicians involved, but still..damn.



Interesting take. Everything dan has done is exceptional, this is no different.



I totally meant to put "not" in front of that lol, WHOOPS. Paint It Black is in my top 3 hardcore bands ever. :pizzaeater:
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Postby andynelson » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:03 pm

I like it the original way better :(
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Postby Endeliot » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:07 pm

andynelson wrote:I like it the original way better :(



Sorry I love most of the bands ya'll are all in :smt009
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Postby MIKExT » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:12 pm

p.fl
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Postby getsomesleep » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:08 am

Album of the year.
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Postby Ethnic Supermarket » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:44 am

Some of the songs remind me of Trial By Fire or even the more discordant/abrasive moments of Paradise-era Paint it Black but with Rachel yelling. Kinda dope.
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Postby barryjive » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:23 pm

Just bought off BC. Stoked for tomorrow at Suburbia.
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Postby andynelson » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:15 pm

Thanks very much to everyone who has pre-ordered so far or bought the record off Bandcamp (or even just listened). Really can't believe it. Keep it up.

First ever NYC show is in Brooklyn tonight.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/222936008165507
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Postby getsomesleep » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:18 pm

I let For Shame and Black Veils rip over the airwaves this afternoon in Rochester, definitely going to be in regular rotation.
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Postby andynelson » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:02 am

MORE SHOWS THIS WEEKEND:

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2/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
https://www.facebook.com/events/636977289815085/

2/17 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781449685513722/

2/18 Richmond, VA @ Black Iris
https://www.facebook.com/events/209268179546830/

2/19 Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares
https://www.facebook.com/events/1833373453587171/

www.theeopencity.com
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Postby cephcarn4 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:25 am

You Guys & Gals should play bombs of the beach!!!!!!!
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Postby jeffnovak » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:25 am

Killed it in Providence. Hoping to see the band a bunch!
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Postby andynelson » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:49 am

Philly tonight, a benefit show for Electrifest...

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https://www.facebook.com/events/636977289815085/

*TONIGHT*
Thursday February 16th 8:00pm

PINKWASH
OPEN CITY
ORDINARY LIVES


At Everybody Hits
(529 W Girard Ave. In Philadelphia, PA)
All Ages / $5 -> ∞ Donation Suggested

This show is a benefit for Electrifest. Taking place in Philadelphia April 8th & 9th, Electrifest is an event for LGBT folks centering POC navigating healthcare, wellness and institutional trauma through radical music and art. For more on Electrifest, please click here - https://www.facebook.com/events/273076116428498/
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Postby jaredfromsubway » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:39 am

Any west coast plans in the near future?
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Postby andynelson » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:17 pm

Probably later this year. Fall?
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Postby andynelson » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:52 am

Hi. A gig-only version of the LP exists and there's only 100 of them. You can get them only from us at shows while they last. Here are two such places to get them:

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1145038288898708/

Saturday April 29 @ The First Unitarian Church
THE +HIRS+ COLLECTIVE
RADIATOR HOSPITAL
OPEN CITY
PANDEMIX
SOUL GLO
SOLARIZED

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https://www.facebook.com/events/415998608765978/

Monday May 22nd @ PhilaMOCA
RVIVR
OPEN CITY
BIG NOTHING
EMPATH
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Postby andynelson » Mon May 22, 2017 12:26 pm

Something like 5 tickets left for tonight...
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Postby andynelson » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:46 am

Hi. Our only show of the summer is this Thursday night in Philly. Planning lots for the fall & winter, holler at me if you'd like us to come play someplace!

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Thursday August 25th @ Everybody Hits
OPEN CITY
SOLARIZED
MATERIAL SUPPORT
KOCHIYAMA


https://www.facebook.com/events/1972608599640444/

http://www.r5productions.com/event/1546 ... ladelphia/
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Postby andynelson » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:39 am

Top 4 tn

Oh yeah, should mention we still have a handful of the gig-only LPs left...for now!
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Postby RazorWristedKid » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:45 pm

andynelson wrote:Top 4 tn

Oh yeah, should mention we still have a handful of the gig-only LPs left...for now!


Mailorder? :smt006
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Postby andynelson » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:55 pm

Not for gig only...
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Postby andynelson » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:02 pm

Quite possibly our only show left this year, December 15th at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn:

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1415065831936704/

We'll have a new 7" out for this show (more on that Friday).
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Postby andynelson » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am

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Greetings Punks! We’re very excited to share the second Open City release of 2017, a 45rpm 7” featuring two new songs: “City Of Ash”, backed with “A Condition Worth A Mention”. Like the album, these tracks were recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, and we’re releasing the vinyl ourselves in a very limited one time pressing. 400 copies for mailorder only. Includes an immediate high-quality download.

This single has been in the works for a long time, but as it would turn out, in the meantime the world has done us the courtesy of entirely falling apart around us so that these tunes would function as an even more fitting soundtrack to the oncoming apocalypse. So thanks for that. We do hope you enjoy it.

And, as always, if you’re over the symbolic gesture that is purchasing punk records in their physical form, you're invited to download or stream it in a multitude of digital formats.

Limited vinyl here, while it lasts:
http://store.theeopencity.com/

Listen here:
https://theeopencity.bandcamp.com/

Upcoming Shows:
Dec 15 - Silent Barn - Brooklyn, NY
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Postby newdirection915 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:49 pm

andynelson wrote:Quite possibly our only show left this year, December 15th at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn:



Yes! Is anyone going to this?? I am looking for some hc/punk show buddies in NYC. Still new to the city. PM me!!

Tickets went on sale today!
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Postby andynelson » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:22 am

TONIGHT IN BROOKLYN

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OPEN CITY (New 7" Release Show)
DOWNTRODDER
ELLEN AND THE DEGENERATES
GLITTERER

At The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave. in Brooklyn, NY
$8 adv / $10 dos / All Ages / 7pm
Tickets - http://bit.ly/2BbE7pE
FB Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1415065831936704/
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