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Philadelphia noise rockers Plaque Marks play El-Rocko in Savannah

 

Philadelphia noise rockers Plaque Marks play El-Rocko in Savannah

09 Nov 2017

Philadelphia’s Plaque Marks could easily fit into the buzz-worthy supergroup title, but truthfully, it’s a just a bunch of old buddies playing music together.

Formed in “secret” by three Philadelphia musicians who work together as bartenders, Plaque Marks members boast past roles in several of the city’s well-known exports.

Drummer Patrick Troxell (Creepoid), guitarist Mike McGinnis (Fight Amp) and bassist Doug Sabolik (Ecstatic Vision, A Life Once Lost), who work together at the Kung-Fu Necktie bar in Philadelphia, were facing the end of their main projects.

“We would hang out at the bar, late night, after hours and we would just talk about music and touring experiences,” Troxell said. “The difference between Creepoid and Fight Amp, other than the music, the whole touring experience for bands is a lot different.

“It was cool. We would just joke about stuff. We joked about a band name at the bar, then it turned into us actually getting together and writing an EP. It’s funny, the EP was recorded before the last Creepoid tour happened. It’s been a secret project we’ve all been talking about, but we didn’t have the time. Now we have the time since Creepoid is ending and Fight Amp is done.”

Creepoid, an acclaimed shoegaze outfit that briefly called Savannah home, will play their final show early next year, as frontman Sean Miller has decided to move on from music. The three began jamming and then asked guitarist Gene Woolfolk, an old friend, to join them for a show. Woolfolk’s band, Athens’ The Powder Room, just called it quits a few weeks ago.

“It’s literally just people we’ve been rolling with forever,” Troxell said. “We tried out a couple people. Gene came up from Georgia for the weekend and played a show with us. He still lives in Athens.

“We’re about to be in a van together for months; who knows what happens after that? He might have to be in Philadelphia. He doesn’t have a way home yet from tour,” he added with a laugh. “This might be his new home.”

Plaque Marks certainly draws influence from all of the bands’ past work in its debut release, “Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship,” put out on Learning Curve Records. The seven-track EP showcases the hallmarks of noise rock, with a hardcore punk foundation, heralded by fuzzed-out, heavily distorted guitars, raw, gutteral vocals buried in the mix, and a relentless pulse.

Plaque Marks pays a visit to Savannah with Atlanta noise rockers Vincas, who played their first show in Savannah earlier this year. The two bands are label mates on Learning Curve Records. Plaque Marks then hits the road for about 30 dates with iconic noise-rock band Unsane.

“Fight Amp had a really awesome connect and took care of some people in the past,” Troxell said. “They shared a booking agent with Unsane. It had been one of those things. Just friends of friends. Fight Amp ended, and Mike said, check out this new band. It was one of those things — plug and play, and rip faces off.”

While Plaque Marks is a bit of a musical departure from Creepoid, Troxell is right at home. As an original member of Fight Amp (he appeared on the first 7-inch) Troxell has had his hands in heavier bands for a long time.

“With Creepoid, it got heavy, but we took it in another direction,” Troxell said. “Plaque Marks is completely different. It’s the band I can destroy in. I am just playing with my friends. Doing the same thing I’ve always done. I am at the bar now. We’re about to practice in the basement of the bar.

“It’s really funny. The whole thing of living in a rock band and doing that whole thing, it’s like yeah, that’s exactly what we do.”

IF YOU GO

What: Plaque Marks, Vincas

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.

Cost: Free

Info: plaquemarks.bandcamp.com

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