Jesus Nut, From The Ground Up, Hemlock Verdict

Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

$12 advance | $15 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Formed in the icy wastelands of Northern Vermont, Rocketsled barreled through the first half of the 1990s like a furious Mack truck carrying a payload of nitroglycerin. One of Burlington's all-time heaviest acts, Rocketsled ​delivered a melodic punch and doom-laden groove that set them apart from the pack. Their 1995 album, '71 Nova, garnered national attention for its relentless riffs, precision percussion and tuneful yet acidic vocals. Subsequent demos found the band probing the heaviest quadrants of the metalverse and have been traded by die-hard fans ​since they were summoned in an unspeakable ritual involving Miller High Life and four-track cassette recorder. Despite the growing attention and accelerated musical evolution, Rocketsled called it a day before the decade was up, playing its first and, until now, only reunion show in 1998. Now, nearly two decades later, The Old Gods return for one more night of furiously seductive music in memory of of 242 Main, the legendary, now-defunct all ages club operated for decades by the City of Burlington. A final celebration or invocation of a new dawn? Some things are best left a mystery.
Jesus Nut
Beneath the bratty sneer and scruffy populism, the strident young men of Jesus Nut delivered intelligent pop-punk with one foot in brainiac punk like The Decemberists, and the tuneful abrasion of Buzzcocks, with a dash of Robert Smith and Morrissey for swoony good measure. A 1990s Burlington mainstay, Jesus Nut cranked out fan-friendly cassette tapes and played any bill they could tumble into, culminating with their grand exit, Nothing Lasts, Nothing Should, their first and only CD release from 1997. With members scattered across the U.S., this reunion of the classic lineup of Jesus Nut is a rare opportunity for generations old and new to experience a kind of white-knuckled, pop-punk free-for-all that is all too rare in today's scene.
From The Ground Up
From The Ground Up was a hardcore band from Burlington, Vermont. Taking influence from the immortal Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, and Turning Point, From The Ground Up released a 3 song demo and a 9 song album called Words Can't Explain on Round 2 Records. Between 2003 and 2007, FTGU played at club 242 Main on a near monthly basis, and was able to develop a following in New England and upstate New York.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403