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Ash, Deaf Havana and Vendetta Red


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Tue., Jan. 28, 9 p.m. 2014 21+

Doug Fir

Britpoppers Ash might have a ravenous following and a ton of hits in their native UK, but here in America they've always been more of a secret-handshake band. The group's first full-length, 1977 (released in 1996, confusingly), is one of the most underrated and critically under-discussed—in the US, at least—pop-punk albums ever released. But it's a pretty staggering achievement, especially considering the group's collective immaturity at the time of its release. (They were only teenagers, and it shows: The record opens with a TIE Fighter sample and the squeaky, friable guitar tones almost sound like they're at the tail end of puberty themselves.) Ash was never really able to better themselves artistically, which is not to say they ever took a misstep, either—but it's the wide-eyed and ultimately ephemeral pop naïveté of songs like "Girl from Mars," "Goldfinger," and the eternally gorgeous ballad "Lost in You" that makes 1977 so timeless in the first place. Pop is the province of the young, after all. MORGAN TROPER

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tue., Jan. 28, 9 p.m. 2014
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