Chain Reaction Records Presents


The Big Ups, Russian Girlfriends, Poor Me

Fri Oct 06 2017

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

PEARS is a hardcore punk band from New Orleans. It was formed in 2014 by Zach Quinn, Brian Pretus and Alex Talbot of The Lollies (3) and John Bourgeois of Dead Legends
In January 2015, Jarret Nathan replaced Bourgeois on the drums. In December of the same year, John Komar replaced Talbot on bass.
The Big Ups
Nerdcore from New York, NY.
Russian Girlfriends
With roots in the Bay Area metal and Albuquerque punk scenes, Russian Girlfriends strikes a careful balance between raw youthful energy, infectious melodies, and thoughtful, story-driven lyricism.

The band formed in 2014, comprised of Albuquerque local scene veterans and ex members of Koffin Kats, Adam Hooks and his Hang-ups, and Glitter Dick. The original lineup; Adam Hooks as lead vocalist, Ian Jarrell and Colin Dowell on guitar, and Jeremy Keith on bass, was completed when Sasha Horn (drummer for Heathen, Novembers Doom, and Forbidden.) joined as the band’s drummer.

"Hooks is a songwriting and vocal force of nature. His weapons are his pen, paper, and a voice that can floor you completely and serenade you sweetly. Dowell and Jarrel's guitar lines Ride the Lightning and bite harder and faster than a pit of Ass Cobras. Horn is a prize fighter behind the drum kit. His precision and power drive each song, while Keith's bass playing gets your hips shaking and makes it all go down smooth like a fine scotch." - Gene Simmons

The group is quickly winning fans near and far as they have embarked on four tours across the United States. Most recently they hit the road as direct support for Red City Radio on their 2016 West Easy tour. Upon conclusion of that tour, they signed on with the Atomic Music Group booking agency.

Russian Girlfriends proudly performed at "The Fest 15" in Gainesville, FL.

The band's full-length debut, "All Around" draws on themes lifted from American history, Native American history, real life events, dreams, and relationships, all told with distinctly surreal and satirical undertones.

"All Around" is available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.
Poor Me
Poor Me is a five-piece hardcore, pop-punk outfit from Denver, CO. The group formed in November of 2010 after Nick and Brett met at a POG and Slammer swap. While attending the University of Wyoming, they soon met Mike. After some awkward and sweaty sessions in Nick's basement, the three wrote a song. It was arguably bad. Soon, the gang was playing some boring shows, eating a lot of mediocre pizza, and they made $50 one time.

The next two years were wrought with finding musical direction, releasing the 'Monsters Do Exist EP,' and closely watching the International POG Circuit dwindle into obscurity. More shows were played, including features with Touché Amoré, I The Mighty, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Queers, and The Sidekicks. These shows were less boring, the pizza was better, but the financials are none of your business.

The gang was out of their shell, releasing their first full-length, 'Readymade,' in 2013. The album was met with positive reviews. The others were ignored.

"I love it when I come across new, great sounding bands...Readymade kicks some serious ass. I highly recommend you check it out." - Dying Scene

"They are talented. They do have strong song writing, and also the ability to bring back the word 'emo' with pride. There is also enough hard-hitting edge that you're not left crying in the corner...Stay tuned to see what's next for Poor Me. I suspect only good things." - For the Love of Punk

Poor Me did more things; new members, new songs, new yacht. Nick got a new haircut one time. The addition of GIR (a.k.a. NotNick) and Jason was like a POG face up, a decisive victory for the group. For fans of Jawbreaker, Bad Religion, Hot Watermelon (Poor Me's HWM cover band), Red City Radio, the 6th season of Lost, and Rise Against, Poor Me produces upbeat, satirical commentary, fused with driving, catchy melodies, altogether saturated by subliminal whitewashing.
Venue Information:
Marquis Theater
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205