Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar tends to ignore genre distinctions, opting for a common denominator of louder, faster, more. This weekend demonstrates that approach, with a one-two punch of Melt-Banana and Uptown Creepers, two bands united primarily in their allegiance to high-energy catharsis.
Melt-Banana is a veteran Tokyo noise-punk quartet that sneaks giddy, yelping vocal bursts into a relentless sonic onslaught. Since forming in 1992, they’ve sustained this adrenaline rush over six albums and countless EPs and split singles, and if distinctions between their individual songs are subtle to the point of non-existence, isn’t that the point?
Melt-Banana brings its “Bambi’s Revenge Tour” to Rock Bottom (1033 Ave. B) on Friday, November 30, with a 7 p.m. showtime.
The following night, local ska-punk ensemble Uptown Creepers will celebrate the release of their new CD at Rock Bottom. This band’s rallying cry is the sarcastic “We forgot ska was dead!” and for at least one night, they aim to give San Antonians a comparable case of musical amnesia. Showtime for their CD-release gig is 8 p.m.