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Teenage Halloween w/ Tosser, Bacchae

Saturday, October 23
Show: | 8pm // Doors: | 7:30pm
$15

Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8
All Ages
$15

Since their start in 2014, power pop group Teenage Halloween have nurtured DIY roots in the New Jersey punk scene. They’re a predominantly queer identifying band and pack punk, pop, and emo styles as well as themes of gender euphoria, mental illness, existential experience, and dreams of a world without government. Their first full length self-titled album “Teenage Halloween” was released September 2020 by NJ based label Don Giovanni Records. 

Hailing from Washington DC, Tosser began as a bedroom recording endeavor of guitarist/vocalist Eric Zidar who released a self titled EP in 2017 followed by another EP “Lures” in 2018. After joining forces with bassist Ryan Plummer, guitarist Victor Arce (Victor Archie) and drummer Zeeshan Shad (The Sea Life), Tosser evolved into a fully fledged 4 piece and quickly burst onto DC’s DIY scene, cutting their teeth playing local shows and touring on the east coast. Their debut album, “Total Restraint” was released independently in February of 2020 with distribution via Dischord Records. The album garnered critical acclaim within the east coast’s DIY community and was included in Post-Trash’s Best Albums of 2020 and earned them a spot on Paste Magazine’s “15 Washington DC Bands You Need To Know”. During the pandemic, the band teamed up with producer/engineer Don Godwin at Tonal Park to record a second full length album due out later this year.

Formed in 2016 by four friends with minimal experience as musicians, Bacchae make music with no assumptions about what a punk band should sound like. Underneath a careful balance of attitude and ambivalence, the quartet embraces heavy guitar riffs alongside bouncy pop melodies and rage-filled exclamations. Vocalist/keyboardist Katie McD, drummer Eileen O’Grady and guitarist Andrew Breiner began playing music together when they were enlisted as the backing band for a friend’s experimental rock musical. Around the same time, Andrew met bassist Rena Hagins when they played together in a one-time band as part of Hat Band DC, a fundraiser for Girls Rock! DC. Together, they formed a new band called Bacchae.

The band released a home-mixed demo in 2016, a self-released cassette, “Down the Drain,” in 2017, and a 2018 self-titled EP released on Get Better Records. Their latest LP, “Pleasure Vision”, was released through Get Better Records in March 2020. 

Bacchae has found a home in the DC punk community, even as their music mixes styles and jumps between genres when the mood suits them. On their LP, “Pleasure Vision”, brooding synth-driven pop sits alongside prickly, fast-paced punk and spooky post-punk sounds. Sometimes you get all of that in a single song.But whether the band is exploring the pain of a doomed relationship or the push and pull of disgust and desire while shopping online, what carries through it all is a sense of uncertainty, dissolution and dread. 

Pleasure Vision is a way of looking at the world that ignores everything but how you can twist it to your own purposes. It’s a vision that’s well-suited to a time when everything and everyone is supposed to be for sale. As the inkblots on the cover imply, this is an album about what you project onto what you see, not the things themselves. It’s about the distance between what you say, what you think you want, and what you actually want.