Early 80's NYC Post-Punk Pioneers Bush Tetras Going Strong in 2018 with "Take The Fall" EP & Shows inc. Bay Area: May 12 & 13

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2018 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Formed in New York City in 1979 influential post-punk band the Bush Tetras blew up with their first record; the 1980 7" EP "Too Many Creeps" (99 Records) that would transport them from NYC club favorites to US college radio staples. "Too Many Creeps" (1980 video above) defined the group's distinctive funk-laden, dance-driven, post-punk style (hence drawing comparisons to Gang Of Four, Au Pairs and Talking Heads) with a commanding take on post-punk that drew equally from funk as much as it did from punk. Although the Bush Tetras broke up in 1983 (they've reformed since); they made quite a mark in their original few intense years.  

[LEFT: Bush Tetras Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") (Wharf Rat, 2018)]

The Bush Tetra's best known song "Too Many Creeps" (video above) remains both a classic of the era and a perfect exemplification of the band's sound;  striped down funk baselines coupled with ragged percussive rhythms that make one wanna dance.   The legendary group, who've reformed twice since their initial split 35 years ago, are enjoying a productive 2018. Following the March release of the five song EP Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") they've been performing shows in select locations. Last weekend they were in Florida. This weekend they're in the Bay Area for their first NorCal shows in three and a half decades; Saturday (May 12th) at the recently opened Oakland Elbo Room and Sunday (May 13th) at the original San Francisco Mission District Elbo Room on Valencia. 
With a strong rep for putting on tight live shows The Bush Tetra's current lineup is pretty much same as back when they formed four decades ago. It includes original three 1979 founding members Cynthia Sley (vocals), Pat Place (guitar) and Dee Pop (drums) along with new bassist Val Opielski who joined in the past couple of years.

The new five-song Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") released on Wharf Rat Records, featuring such hard hitting tracks as “True Blue” and "Red Heavy" [hear below], is the Bush Tetras first new release in over a decade. As proven by their Le Poisson Rouge NYC show to promote the new record, they've not lost any of their energy in the live setting. In addition to tonight and tomorrow's Bay Area Elbo Room shows (May 12 & 13th) upcoming Bush Tetras dates include May 19th in Toronto Canada (at Rivoli), July 7th in Detroit Michigan (at PJ’s Lager House), and July 8th in Chicago (venueTBA). Also on their Bay Area Elbo Room bills are the bands Jackie-O Motherfcuker, whose multi-genre sound draws from elements of folk, drone, free jazz, and space rock, as well as the East Bay's Baus and the “truewave/punk” band Street Eaters. Additionally DJ Paul Costuros will spin on 13th.  More info on Bush Tetras Oakland May 12 show + more info on Bush Tetras San Francisco May 13th show.

  Bush Tetras "Red Heavy" [Audio Only] from the EP Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") (Wharf Rat, 2018)]

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