Show of hands: How many people here are fans of manic, panicked, frantic, punky psychobilly? By the hands I now see flailing wildly, I know that the answer to my question is "some." Richmond, Va.'s The Nervous Ticks will do their best to shake The Stone Fox right off of its foundation tonight, and contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser wrote a Critic's Pick in advance of the festivities. Take it away, Goose.
Richmond, Va.’s The Nervous Ticks deliver a nice, raw twist on psychobilly that’s coated in a generous helping of garage grime. Leader Chaz Tick, who refers to himself as “Head Louse,” screams about the weight of the world and beats on a janky guitar, while percussionista Liza Jane threatens you with a set of maracas and her best Elly May Clampett yowl, and drummer Killer K. whales away at a kit built around an old wash tub. It’s a gorgeous, rapid-fire mess that’s a little menacing, and it wouldn’t sound right brought to you any other way. If you haven’t gotten on board with locals Fancytramp and their old-school heavy psych jams laced with just the right touch of ’90s alt-rock, catch that wave tonight; their self-released EP from last summer was good, but the “Wicked Mind” single they dropped in May seals the deal. Local lo-fi garage-pop outfit Dirty Dreams will open. —STEPHEN TRAGESER
As noted, locals Fancytramp and Dirty Dreams will open. Starts at 9 p.m., costs $5.