09.19 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
09.28 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, New York
10.05 – Beachland Ball Room – Cleveland, OH
10.06 – Double Happiness – Columbus, Ohio
10.07 – Venue TBD – Detroit, MI
10.08 – The Burlington – Chicago, IL
10.09 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
10.10 – Mojo Main – Newark, DE*
10.11 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA*
10.12 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ*
10.13 – Rocks Off Cruise – New York, NY*
10.14 – PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA*
*w/ Riverboat Gamblers & Cobra Skulls
For their latest offering, Raise Up The Sheets, Freshkills tapped ‘elegant degenerate’ Jim Sclavunos, the No Wave icon who performed with Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and the Cramps before hopping behind the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ drum kit. Sclavunos: “Freshkills inhabit a dark but thrilling underworld in which relentless machine-like rhythmic intensity hammers ear-anvils at the bidding of wryly louche after-hours philosophy. They’re the visceral embodiment of power and poetry.”
Raise Up The Sheets attacks on every front like a pandemic. The songs are prettier, darker, more concise and more expansive. Lipez is wounded and acerbic, the rhythm section both tight and monstrous with military precision and vulgar swing, the twin guitars frantic, chaotic and dangerous as a sharpened screwdriver. The whole band sounds like they’ve been cornered and will have to fight their way out. It’s anyone’s guess who will win, but either way, it’ll be worth watching.
Freshkills has toured the US and UK, sharing the stage with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleigh Bells, TV On The Radio, …Trail of Dead and Mission of Burma.