Sat February 25, 2017 9:00 pm $10 (advance), $12
Oh man. MEAT WAVE record release at the Empty Bottle? Is this a dream? MEAT WAVE is constantly being asked about its name, though it gets why you keep on doing it. Formed in 2011 by the trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums), the three Chicago punk scene stalwarts came together and, just a year later, released its self-titled full-length, though that was never the intention. These dudes really rock the shit out of their songs and we can't help but rage every time we listen to em, be it their rippin' debut full length or 2015's acerbic follow-up, Delusion Moon, released via Side One Dummy. Entertainment Weekly says MEAT WAVE "bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue." How's that for a geographically topical reference? Tonight sees the trio's triumphant return to The Bottle stage, so get ready to take it to the next level and show these boys why we love em so dang much. PAPER MICE is a three-piece whirligig from Chicago. These DIY scene super stars blend a freakish range of influences into miniature, prog-punk puzzles that are extra fun to put together. We last saw them all together when they shredded through Television's '77 classic Marquee Moon this past Halloween. We also saw studly drummer John Carroll sit in with Oozing Wound and not miss a beat when they opened for HIGH ON FIRE to close out 2016! All the way from Pilsen is MELKBELLY, a refreshingly loud, thrashy & crunchy take on noise-rock. The Melkers have been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings, and are definitely a staff favorite around these parts. They always turn that shit up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight. we're welcoming back FOUL TIP, the fuzzed-out punk rock project of drummer/vocalist ED BORNSTEIN and bassist/vocalist ADAM LUKSETICH. This excessively rad drum/bass duo returns to the Bottle tonight to clown on your ass with their maddeningly raucous attack. Unfortunately the legendary 70s Toronto underground post-punk band THE SCENICS aren't able to make it across the border for tonight's show, but you can still pick up the archival release "In The Summer" (a collection of songs recorded on four track reel to reel during 1977 and 1978).