Weekly Concert Preview: Rock out to The People’s Temple and Passing Phases

The People's TempleIf Calvin Harris just isn’t your cup of tea, then Passing Phases’s jangly surf rock and the fuzzy psychedelic rock of The People’s Temple just might do the trick. The two bands, both of which released albums in October, are coming to Comet Ping Pong on Apr. 6.

Passing Phases is still a relatively young band. Its members, Jon Hand, Ian Widman, Mike Prophet, and Mike Benish, came together in the summer of 2011 after they decided to dissolve their last band, TeensInTrouble. The four of them, who all hail from Virginia, have been recording and touring ever since. Their music, influenced by surf rock and Sonic Youth, is full of catchy hooks and drumming from Widman that almost steals the show.

Their first and only album, Endless Autumn, is all about crappy times and wishing to drive away from everything. They manage to keep this focus by sounding angry instead of whiny, which makes their tracks perfect for shaking off a bad day. Never Give In in particular showcases their style with lyrics like, “I try so hard to live / but it gets so hard to even give a shit,” and a strong opening on the drums that builds as the song goes on.

The People’s Temple is an excellent match for Passing Phases’s aggressive sound. The two bands resemble each other in their use of distortion and moody guitar riffs, but The People’s Temple brings a bright psychedelic sound and some dreamy shoegaze tracks to balance out Passing Phase’s angrier songs.

Two sets of brothers from Michigan make up The People’s Temple. Alex and George Szegedy, and Spencer and William Young started playing together in 2007 and have released two albums so far. Their first, Sons of Stone, showed off their roots in 1960’s and garage rock with distorted, psychedelic tracks. These four have truly mastered the rock and roll snarl, and managed to mix it in with classic pop. The result is fuzzy, catchy songs with plenty of reverb and long guitar solos. Their second album, More for the Masses, brings more of the same, but shows off their variety with some dreamier tracks, like “The River (Donovan’s Song)” and “Dark Dreams.” These can become monotonous, but their reputation for wild concerts ensures that the show won’t be.

Passing Phases and The People’s Temple will play with The Royal Wigs this Saturday, April 6, at 10:00 p.m at Comet Ping Pong. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Photo: BarefootAdrainne via Flickr

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