The Spits are already as ingrained in modern punk music as possible, yet still manage to devour the rip-offs and influence the youth of today without even looking like they're trying. Going strong now for over fifteen years, smashing the windows and tearing down the walls of our minds every time they roll through town, these truly vicious visionaries have cooked punk down to its most powerful base form, crawling like Neanderthals through the muck, and creating a flaming trail of hits that'll take quite a fit of dementia to ever forget. A perfect distillation of punk's original open-ended weirdness, and modern music's serrated salvation, The Spits have proven themselves to be no one to fuck with, over and over again.
They've always been one of the most original bands of the twenty-first century, yet it never really seemed like they weren't doing anything too experimental, save their signature, yet refreshingly just-ahead-of-their-time, synth/drum machine noise they forced the fickle punk crowds to gladly swallow. The demonic void that they fill is utterly too much to handle, the band everyone wants to see, that pre-information overload-type of underground music mystery that just gets all the endorphins rushing. The way their throbbingly addictive songs just drip like sticky tar out of the speakers, their guitars that sound like food processors seemed to dull all our senses, just at the same time that the impeccable lyrics invigorate us beyond belief.
The Spits have already done so much, but still have so much more to come, as they continue to influence anyone with a penchant for irresistible punk music, played like there's nothing to lose.
THE NU WAVERS
"Best party band in Portland!" - Sheila Hamilton (Author. Emmy Awarding Winning Journalist. Portland's Favorite Radio Host)
When Blake Sakamoto (Dan Reed Network. Hit Machine) isn't producing events and fundraising he shares his love of the 80s with his band the NU WAVERS!
The NU WAVERS perform the most complete set of music from the 80s and more! The NU WAVERS play your 80s favorites, College Radio Classics and Alternative gems! With five distinct singers The Nu Wavers capture the diversity of a memorable era in pop culture!
The Nu Wavers are:
Blake Sakamoto (Dan Reed Network) - Keyboards. Vocals
Willow Bacon (5 Guys Named Moe) - Vocals
Steve Adams (Ramble On) - Guitars. Vocals
Steve Hale (Super Soul Heroes) - Bass. Vocals
Kenny Davis (My Happy Pill) - Drums. Percussion. Electronics. Vocals
The band was started on Halloween (a Witch's Sabbath) in 2016 when a destruction ritual was performed, and Alexandra and Zachary stepped into their power as Twin Temple, energetically killing all their previous incarnations up until that point.
Although you may expect heavy guitar riffs and a thumping bass to accompany cries of "Hail Satan," instead you'll hear old-school, classic riffs and Alexandra's crooning voice that sounds straight out of the '60s. While many confine Satan to the likes of black metal, the duo is breaking the notion that Satan has a type. After all, who says Satan wouldn't get down to some classic Americana? Inspired by the golden era of Rock 'n' Roll, Twin Temple rejects conformity of any kind, whether it's through their magick, performance, or sound.
And while a lot of "Satanic" metal bands begin and end their worship of Satan on stage, the same can't be said for Twin Temple. Both their music and their practice of Satanism, on and off the stage, are rooted in the ideals of free will and giving space to those who are often not allowed any.
So no, Twin Temple doesn't drink the blood of virgins or kill babies to sacrifice on the full moon. They are challenging notions about what it means to free the oppressed, fight back against dated and binary ways of thinking, and doing it all while hailing the dark lord himself.
If there's anything to expect with Twin Temple, it's the unexpected.