Thrice Cancel Tour

[Mental Notes] Also: Killingtons still good, Aushua come to senses and change name, Factory Records opens

THRICE CANCEL TOUR
Favorite local emo-prog-rockers Thrice have canceled their tour. Lead singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue’s father needed immediate surgery to remove a brain tumor.

No OC shows had been scheduled, but if you were planning on seeing them in Santa Cruz, Ventura or Vegas next month, you’re out of luck. All dates for Thrice’s summer headline tour, beginning June 3 in San Francisco, remain unaffected. From an April 23 Heard Mentality blog post by Robert Masucci.

 

PEOPLE SAY THE ‘90S ARE COMING BACK . . .
If you were at Alex’s Bar on Friday or the Glass House in Pomona on Sunday, you probably came of age in the ’90s. The Killingtons reunion—of which there were only two nostalgia-laden dates—even came with performances from Teen Heroes, Jeff Caudill of Gameface and Michael Rosas of Smile. This bill could have sold out multiple nights if it took place 10 years ago.

The Killingtons’ thick, creamy distortion, detuned guitars, soaring melodies and dash of swirling phaser-colored guitars sounded timeless, and their sound—augmented by melodies and a punk-like edge—wouldn’t be out of place on Last.fm today. It was impressive to see how tight the Killingtons were, given their prolonged hiatus. Even though only a handful of highly devoted fans, friends and family members assembled at the Glass House, one person did apparently fly from Chicago to see the band.

Overheard: “Something like that” and “I think that is how that goes” were often repeated by the bands, who navigated through the haze of remembering decade-old songs. From an April 26 post by Andrew Youssef.

AUSH-WHAT?
In the interest of simplicity, Santa Ana’s Aushua have put their hard-to-spell, kind-of-hard-to-say name to rest and emerged with a new moniker: Pacific Hurt. Watch out for more U2-when-U2-was-good-esque hooks from the band who won Best Song at the 2009 OC Music Awards. From an April 23 post by Albert Ching.

MORE VINYL!
Dave James
(a.k.a. Dave Noise, the man behind the now-defunct Noise Noise Noise) just opened Factory Records at 440 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa.

Noise Noise Noise closed in 2006 after 15 years of operation, a victim of James’ admitted heroin addiction. After cleaning up his act, he decided to open Factory Records to get rid of his 20,000-strong inventory of vinyl records. “It’s a good time to open,” he says. “There’s a huge market for vinyl because it’s really trendy for young people right now. Plus, the rent’s so cheap that the only thing I had to do was quit my $9-an-hour job to do this.” Here’s what you can buy: vinyl, cassettes (“I heard nerds are into cassette tapes these days,” James said), T-shirts and other music collectibles. The official opening was scheduled for April 28. From an April 23 blog post.

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