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Live Music Preview: The Shondes at Club Congress, Sunday, September 18th

By Amanda Sierra

Coming straight outta’ Brooklyn with a fistful of driving post-punk chords and drums, dressed up with some dapper-yet-rebellious strings, yet still drunk on riot grrrl vocals, The Shondes are gracing the Old Pueblo with an early post-sunset (and monsoon?) appearance this Sunday night at Club Congress (7pm doors, $5 cover). With one EP (Line & Hooks + 2) and two albums (My Dear One, The Red Sea) already under their genderqueer belts, they’ve decided to embark on an ambitious national Fall tour and are performing with local female-fronted critic darlings Seashell Radio.

Shondes’ lead singer Louisa Solomon’s vocals (she’s also on the bass–hot!) are demanding yet feminine. She exudes naked, raw emotion, leaving one feeling like they’ve read a dairy they weren’t supposed to. Violinist Elijah Oberman lends searing strings, adding an element of refined anarchy. Throw in Fureigh’s bold riffs; Temim Fruchter’s pounding exclamation points; a penchant for political wordplay; and a Jewish upbringing, and there you have a band ready to bend your heart in the best, queerest kinda’ of way.

With doors at 7pm, don’t be late and miss openers Seashell Radio; more info at Club Congress. $5 in advance or the day of, 21+ with a valid ID. 7 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes and your misplaced blues.

Download the Shondes track “Ocean To Ocean” for free here.
Check out the trailer for their upcoming album, Searchlights, set for a September 20th release date, here. (Bug ’em for a new copy at the Congress show!)