Pygmy Lush on Spring Break

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Pygmy Lush - Asphalt

 

 

Comedian Patton Oswalt often jokes about growing up in Sterling, Va. Sure, for him, growing up in a backwoods suburb of Washington D.C. in the early ’80s meant missing out on D.C. punk legends like Bad Brains, Fugazi, Minor Threat, et al. (His excuse for owning Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required” as an adolescent: “He’s totally punk rock! He’s got on sneakers with a suit!”)

 

But for Pygmy Lush (also from Sterling), their adolescence wandered in the other direction. The ’90s in D.C. and surrounding areas gave birth to a collective resurgence of punk rock that became decidedly more heavy, lengthy and loud. With punk beacons sounding off nationwide, New Orleans followed suit. (Hit the jump for more music).

 

Bryan Funck (New Orleans DIY torchbearer, Thou vocalist and meticulous New Orleans punk archiver) compiled what may be the best testament to and biography (relative to geography) of these bands — by the late-’90s, those leading the procession included D.C.-area natives pg. 99, City of Caterpillar, Malady, Mannequin, Hissing Choir, Majority Rule and a slew of others (whose members consisted mostly of those in the aforementioned bands). Their link to New Orleans is as essential to their makeup as their D.C. forbearers.

 

Fast-forwarding through years of sweaty, cathartic, sonic brutality, we get to Pygmy Lush. From the ashes of the previously mentioned punk footnotes, the current phoenix resembles a solemn, Southern gothic, alt-country outfit. Quite a turnaround.

 

Pygmy Lush - No Feeling

 

 

And a good one, at that. So good that their 2008 release, Mount Hope (Lovvit), lifted the band from fringe obscurity to blogstardom. With comparisons to Iron & Wine and Six Organs of Admittance, critics read the band as a far cry from their punk background. But they remain steeped in a fiercely DIY community, and, as evidenced Saturday, March 14, during one of many March tour stops in Louisiana, they proved they can still get loud. Very loud.

 

Here are the band’s remaining dates in New Orleans (for softer ears, that is):

 

 

  • 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22 at the Dragon’s Den, with Des Ark, Turboslut, Stupid Party, Prizzy Prizzy Please, Why Are We Buyilding Such a Big Ship? and Pumpkin
  • 7 p.m., Monday, March 23 at 2608 Magazine St., with Turboslut and This Frontier Needs Heroes
  • 10 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at Saturn Bar with Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, Mars and Lovey Doveys

 

 

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