Gouge Away / Jadewick [big room]
What started as an outspoken hardcore band around 2013, has mutated into an angular blend of sass and spitefulness. Taking cues from bands of yesteryear such as Unwound, The Jesus Lizard, and Fugazi, we find Gouge Away pulling no punches.
Vocalist, Christina Michelle, comes with a deeper introspection on struggles with mental health, not holding back with this incredibly personal outpouring. Guitarists, Mick Ford and Dylan Downey, bring a dissonance to their sound that separates the listener from what could be expected while the rhythm section made up of Tyler Forsythe and Tommy Cantwell aggressively keep the songs in place.
The Florida born five-piece recently recorded their Deathwish Inc. debut with Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker, Jeff Rosenstock) which was co-produced by Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore. Burnt Sugar appeared on many Best of 2018 lists including those by Revolver, Stereogum, AV Club, NME, and Brooklyn Vegan.
Having shared the stage with bands such as Touche Amore, Ceremony, Culture Abuse, Drug Church, Daughters, G.L.O.S.S., Thursday, Paint It Black, and Russian Circles, the band has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.