Tonight, catch two bands from the far-off city of Rochester, NY; Buffalo Sex Change, and honeymoonphase. While they may share a home base, they certainly each have a unique sound. Buffalo Sex Change is an energetic post-punk, garage rock duo, with a sound reminiscent of Buddy Holly fronting a shoegaze band. Their most recent release was 2018’s Searching Hands, which was released on Admirable Traits Records. Right out of the gate, the title track grabs you with a noisy riff, and really sets the tone for the album. While the tone may shift from track to track, there is an intensity and energy that is effortlessly carried through the album. With dirty, danceable hook, this will most certainly appeal to fans of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground.

Alternately, honeymoonphase brings a slightly darker, brooding sound to the table. They recently released two tracks in anticipation of their full album, dropping later this summer. It’s easy enough to hear the new-wave influence, especially on the track “Honeymoon Phase,” with its danceable groove and ethereal vocals. However, the track “Telempathy” gives us a sound that I can only describe as emo-shoegaze. With a brooding aura, and textured melodies that are punctuated by lead singer Ryan Bailey’s vocals. It’s a fascinating combination, and they execute it very well. Ultimately, if these two tracks are an accurate preview of things to come, I believe we’re really in for a treat when they drop the full record. For fans of Slowdive and Echo & the Bunnymen.

Garage Punk outfit Velvet Bethany will provide local support. 7pm doors/8pm show, $5 at the door.

Written by John Smigielski