Friday, May 8, 2009

Such Great Heights: Red Collar in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, DC, Richmond

Everyone screams "Fugazi" at Durham's Red Collar, but there's more nuance to this band than a classic punk rock comparison. Between the dynamic interplay between Jason Kutchma and Mike Jackson there is a penchant for the dramatic, for the grand. Passionate live shows made even better by their blistering and exciting brand of punk and contemplative, motivating anthems about life, work and music. So if you ever say "Fugazi" at them, the guys and gal of Red Collar might take it another way than in a musical comparison. They will take it as an order, as a command to reach for the musical heavens for the greatest realms of musical integrity and ideals. Somehow, they have a unique gift for understanding common life experiences and elevating them to the most hopeful heights. For any doubters, listen to the live version of "The Commuter" at their MySpace and listen to Kutchma give an impassioned speech about a radio station. Was that really off-the-cuff? If so, he could sell squirrel meat to Ruth's Chris. Their new disc is called Pilgrim and can be ordered from their website.

Do not miss if you need inspiration and a good time at a show. They're coming closer to home in North Carolina, so the shows are sure to be doubly-inspired. Vid of "Pilgrim" after the jump:

Fri May 08 09 9:00 PM Snug Harbor, , Charlotte, NC
W/ Prabir and the Substitutes & the lights fluorescent

Sat May 09 09 9:00 PM Local 506, 506 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516, US
W/ Death to the Details and The Lights Fluorescent

Tue May 12 09 7:00 PM The Camel, 1621 W Broad St, Richmond, VA

Wed May 13 09 7:30 PM The Velvet Lounge, 915 U St NW, Washington, DC
W/ noon30, Wicked Hemlocks, Triathletes, Spiral Beach

Thu May 14 09 9:00 PM The Outback Lodge, 917 Preston Ave, Charlottsville, VA

Fri May 15 09 7:00 PM The Calvert House, 6211 Baltimore Avenue (US 1), Riverdale, MD,
W/ Escape Artist + Lonely are the Brave


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