THE SAFES + THE FATHER FIGURES + THE REBEL SET

Set Your Night On Fire!!!

THE SAFES + THE FATHER FIGURES + THE REBEL SET

Wed, November 1, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$5 ADV ONLINE / $8 DAY OF SHOW

This event is 21 and over

No list of America's best current rock n' roll bands is complete without mention of Chicago's THE SAFES. The brothers O'Malley tear it up live and put out fabulous recordings to boot...

Catch THE SAFES live at Valley Bar as they tour in support of their new record 'TASTY WAVES'... Along with PHX dad-rockers THE FATHER FIGURES, who will be releasing 'HEAVY LIFTING' for the first time on CD. THE REBEL SET will be rounding out this rauchous bill of music, sure to set your wednesday on fire!!

THE SAFES
THE SAFES
No list of America's best current rock n' roll bands is complete without mention of Chicago's Safes. The brothers O'Malley tear it up live and put out fabulous recordings to boot. The excellent 2003 debut Family Jewels was definitely a hard one to top, but The Safes have truly outdone themselves with their second long player Well, Well, Well. Completely free of filler and featuring some of the best pop songs of recent memory, Well, Well, Well rates a place in the collection of every power pop fan. And when I say "power pop", I'm talking the traditional sense of the term: songwriting and vocal harmonies redolent of the Beatles and Kinks, with the driving energy and thunderous punch of Cheap Trick and the early Who. It's an approach that's been done to death by numerous bands, but few execute it better than The Safes.

The ringing melodies and finely-crafted arrangements hearken back 40 years or so, yet in no way does Well, Well, Well feel "retro" or patently derivative. Rather it feels fresh and timeless, the abundant hooks and soaring harmonies winningly rendered by a tight, formidable trio. No two tracks sound alike, and Patrick O'Malley's stellar production achieves a clean, muscular timbre. You'd have to search far and wide to find pop songs better than "Fairy Tale Tomorrow", "Cool Sounds Are Here Again", and "Everybody In The World". I know that saying "It's a shame these songs aren't being played on the radio" is a king cliche in the zine world. But what the hell! It's a shame these songs aren't being played on the radio! The rockers are equally compelling. "Phone Book Full of Phonies" boasts the year's awesomest guitar riff, while the Stonesy swagger of "Deception" brings to mind the almighty Figgs. Really, you can drop in on this album at any point and land on a hit. Whether you crave no-frills barroom bangers like "Bad Blood" or textured psych-pop gems like "Bliss This Instance", The Safes have got you covered. Indeed, cool sounds are here again! -NowWave Magazine
THE FATHER FIGURES
THE FATHER FIGURES
Elder statesmen of the often fractured, but secretly burgeoning Phoenix music scene, the Father Figures sound "melds urgency with intelligence, catchiness with dissonance, and sophistication with blunt force."* Featuring Michael Cornelius on guitar, Tom Reardon on bass and vocals, and Bobby Lerma on drums they create what they laughingly call post-skate-punk, although defining their own sound is not a matter that they take lightly.

Beneath the surface, these men work feverishly to configure some of the most intricate and deftly played music coming out of the Valley of the Sun. Their first CD, Lesson Number One, debuted in February 2011 on AZPX Records to glowing reviews:
* "This is…post-punk less interested in loping dub bass influences than creative restructuring of the "loud and angry" template. It melds urgency with intelligence, catchiness with dissonance, and sophistication with blunt force." (Razorcake);
"(Considering the band's history), it's no surprise that the members of The Father Figures can write songs. But the album is no nostalgia trip. This is vital, urgent post-punk, with melody, heart, and, most important, soul." (Phoenix New Times- #6 local album of 2011);
"In past outfits, these guys made names for themselves by blasting away in skate punk and hardcore bands, but as Father Figures, they've chosen chisels over dynamite to get to the core of post-punk, tapping angular second-wave progenitors like The Wipers and Mission of Burma as well as '90s acts such as Fugazi, Shellac, and Tar. Favoring precision over raw power in their playing, The Father Figures employ a brainier, but no less muscular, approach to the music whose local scene they helped birth and raise." (Phoenix New Times).

Michael was first to bust onto the early Phoenix punk scene as a member of Jr. Chemists in 1978 and went on to found Jody Foster's Army (affectionately known and still rocking as JFA) and Housequake. Bobby began drumming for Kluged in the early 80's and also pounded the skins for the Voice and Jeff Dahl. Tom started playing live in the late 80's as the vocalist for Religious Skid and went on to form Hillbilly Devilspeak, and played in the North Side Kings.

With all three members contributing significantly to the songwriting process, the Father Figures have no intentions of going "one and done." They continue to write better and better songs and that's good news for the lucky that are paying notice. So listen up, because your Father Figures deserve your attention.
THE REBEL SET
THE REBEL SET
The Rebel Set are a garage rock group from Phoenix... and when I say "garage" rock band, I'm not talking about the recent trend of noisy lo-fi music. These guys are a real "garage" rock band. The trio takes from early sixties punk, surf, and psych. The guitar kicks ass, the songs are even dirtier, and the production sounds like that of an old sixties garage punk 45. Standout tracks include, "Poison Arrow", a dark brooding garage cut with an extremely catchy verse, "Martian", with guitar that harkens back to Apache, and an eerie theramin intro, "Birds and Bees", a 60's punk throwback that is impossible not to thrash to, and "Muckraker", which sounds like an early Iggy Pop song. Overall, this album rules and these guys should be proud for creating something new and awesome out of something old and awesome. -WRUV Burlington, VT
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/