Rock in a hard place

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 19, 2010

“There are a lot of bands in Boston, a lot of clubs in Boston, and a lot of rules in Boston,” Pinansky offers — though by simply doing what comes naturally, Township seem to have a firm handle on all three. They’ve already tracked a whole new album’s worth of songs (Life Starts Tonight) at Chris MacLaughlin’s ginormous-sounding 1867 Studio; they’ve written enough new material on top of that to toy aloud with the notion of a double album; and they’re right now staring down an 18-city trek to Texas and back for South by Southwest. Meanwhile, Pinansky’s focus remains fixed on the basics: “Finding the balance between making music that we love, playing it with passion and spirit, and giving folks a transcendent experience.” Expect this mission to be roundly accomplished at their two-night CD-release stand this week at Davis Square’s newly booming Rosebud Bar.

For all the clustering and quibbling among and between Boston’s many micro-scenes, perhaps Township’s greatest asset is their genre-trumping appeal — a raw rock spirit that more like a foundation than another fracture. From Pinansky’s perspective, that can only help. “It’s sad to see so many bands stepping on each other’s toes, because frankly, they’re usually not that good.”

TOWNSHIP | Rosebud Bar, 381 Summer St, Somerville | February 19 [with BROWNBOOT], February 20 [with RYAN FITZSIMMONS] | 21+ | $5 |

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