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Bullets or Balloons, Outer Space Heaters and In Public View


Tonic Lounge (map) Northeast
Thu., Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2012 21+

Eliza Sohn

Olympia trio Bullets or Balloons reside in the sort of free-for-all punk-rock mish-mash first explored by the Minutemen, and later fIREHOSE—all three bands basking in temporal time-signature noodling and noose-tight riffs. Not surprisingly, the band recently opened for Mike Watt and his Missingmen in Spokane. But while the resemblance between the two bands is an easy distinction, Bullets or Balloons is also clearly a conglomeration of varying influences. Their self-titled debut carries bold musical choices, like the instrumental, bass-led track "Number 2," which is followed by the speak-sung political prog-punk tune "GNR," barked in homage to readymade tuneless vocalists like Spencer Moody. With this kind of open-book experimentalism, there are some downright strange avenues explored, too ("Relapsecore"), but the vast majority of the material coming from the trio so far is extremely provocative, and a promising bastion for Northwest punk. RYAN J. PRADO

Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 853-1264
Hours: Daily 3pm-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 3pm-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2012
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