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When members of two quintessential indie bands join forces, the resulting outfit can be one of immense influence. Having already dominated two of the three Pacific Northwest music hubs, Maggie Vail of Olympia's Bangs linking up with Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the Thermals to form Hurry Up quickly became one of the best things to happen during that era of local music.
That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, really. Hurry Up touched on many styles still popular at the time - indie rock, mild hardcore, and riot girl - in a way that highlighted all of the individual members' strong suits while still remaining radically neoteric. Remnants of Hurry Up's deeds have scarce online presence but those with lasting memories of their tracks and performances know they're a perfect fit to open up for the Pylon Reenactment Society.
Even that name may seem unfamiliar, but this iteration of Pylon stays true to their jangley new wave post-punk without being EXACTLY the same. Singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay wanted to keep Pylon respectfully going after the loss of their guitarist Randall Bewley back in 2009 and the Reenactment Society has been the best way to go with it. They're still going hard and Hurry Up on this bill, the show is sure to go even harder.
Catch this show tomorrow at 9pm at Misssissippi Studios. Tickets run between $12-$14, which is a small price to pay to see some greats.
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