Hello, Goodbye

Victims in Ecstacy completes its new CD, and breaks up at the same time

Victims in Ecstacy's CD-release show is scheduled for Friday, March 29, at the Bash on Ash in Tempe, with Nihil, Mission 66, Shaded Grey, and 68red. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Slow Death: Underground rock trio Death of Marat takes a lot of inspiration from the kind of dark, post-punk adventurousness of bands like Joy Division and the Birthday Party. You can hear it on the group's brand-new sophomore CD, All Eyes Open, a lo-fi elaboration of the stark but eloquent style established on the 2000 Satellite Transmissions release The Shattered. With its propulsively punky bass lines, martial drum rolls, and feverish, echo-drenched guitars, Death of Marat sounds hell-bent to create a new psychedelia for the 21st century. The band plans to tour behind the record this summer.

Victims in Ecstacy: Going out with a bang.
Victims in Ecstacy: Going out with a bang.

Death of Marat's CD-release show is scheduled for Friday, March 29, at Nita's Hideaway in Tempe, with the Minibosses, the Slowdown, and Ponies. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Uncharted Waters: It doesn't happen often -- come to think of it, I can't remember it ever happening -- but this week you can find two local bands with albums in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 chart. Recent chart fixture Jimmy Eat World rests at number 84, with a DreamWorks disc that was recently certified gold (500,000 units shipped) by the Recording Industry Association of America. The big surprise, though, is that Trik Turner has climbed to number 100 in its third week on the chart, with the hip-hop/rock ensemble's heartfelt "Friends & Family" video garnering increasing airplay on MTV.

Contact the author at his online address: gilbert.garcia@newtimes.com

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