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In the meantime, Anthonise says the group's record label is enthusiastic about its demos. "The record company's been really good to us in saying that time is not the issue, material is the issue," notes Anthonise. "I want to have a gigantic log of songs to pick through, and right now I'm maybe three-quarters of the way there."
He's currently got about 15 new songs. The first of this new batch, "Die to Make a Dent," appears on a new Kneeling Elephant sampler. Although the version of the song is a fairly lo-fi, four-track effort, its waltzy lilt, buzz-saw guitars and hypnotizing lyrical mantra are a fairly accurate reflection of the group's new direction.
Anthonise says the band's immediate plans include continuing to write and demo material, but, "I'd like to start playing out pretty often just to work the new material in front of people. When you play out, the arrangements always seem to change, and I'd really like to have the songs more solid before going to make a record."
Crazy From the Heat: Growing up in the resort community of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will do funny things to a group of aspiring punk rockers. At least that seems to be the case with Sunshine State Oi!/pogo punk quartet the Beltones. With a bio that recounts how the lads spent their youths "chucking beer bottles at drunken 'Frat Boy' spring breakers for fun," it's not entirely surprising that the band boasts a style of rock that serves as an antidote to the "drippy pop-punk and gut-wrenching pseudo ska nonsense" populating the airwaves.
In fact, if the group's live act is half as entertaining as its bio ("They've already blown the silly hairdos off many a banana seat bike riding emo fruit"), the upcoming local performance should rate as a can't-miss affair.
Currently touring in support of its latest TKO Records release, On Deaf Ears, the Beltones will make a stop at Tempe's Cannery Row next week. Frat boys, be warned.
The Beltones are scheduled to perform at Cannery Row in Tempe on Tuesday, November 23, with the Impossibles, and the Daggers. Showtime is 9 p.m.
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