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Patois Councelors / Ekko Astral / Crush Fund / Geeked

All Ages
Sunday, March 31
Doors: 8pm Show: 8pm

Ekko Astral is a bubblegum noise punk band from Washington DC composed of Jael Holzman (vocals and lyrics, guitar), Liam Hughes (lead guitar), Miri Tyler (drums), Guinevere Tully (bass), and Sam Elmore (rhythm guitar). Holzman — a trans woman who works by day as a reporter in Congress — formed the band in 2021 with Hughes, her best friend since college. After quickly becoming a fixture of their DIY scene, the group’s lineup expanded to its current five person roster as they began regularly selling out local shows and building a passionate fanbase in DC. Ekko’s been hailed by Paste Magazine as a band operating in the lineage of DC punk legends like Fugazi “pairing innovative sounds and community-building with trans liberation.”

After the release of the group’s debut EP, QUARTZ, the band began working on a proper debut LP which they plan to release in 2024. This forthcoming LP is a maximal display of the band’s “mascara mosh pit” sound, blending no-wave art rock with moments of infectious joy engineered to make you scream along while you shove someone in the pit. It’s blistering. It’s frightening. It’s Ekko fucking Astral.

Crush Fund are a three piece punk group from Brooklyn New York – Wendy Kya (guitar, vocals, production), Nora Knox (drums, vocals) and July Brown (bass) – with explosive punk rock sound that collides hardcore punk energy with post-genre noise pop production. Taking note from dance-punk beats, hardcore/grunge riffs, and angular indie rock, their shows are a busy tug of war of feminine rage, and queer joy. More simply, as they put it, Crush Fund is “Some fucked up pop songs, from some girls trying not to take themselves so seriously.”

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