A team effort

By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 23, 2008

At the ’BRU show at Providence Piers, Hello Mahalo’s last song, “Dawning Days,” whipped the crowd into full sing-along mode with its “everyone, everyone’s gonna find out!” hook, as Joyce’s scorched-violet mug displayed an affirming smile. As the band gathered backstage for a breather afterward, Fernando promptly whisked them away to sign merch and meet some newfound friends.

Reflecting on the performance a few days later, Hardy said, “I really couldn’t have asked for a better show. Everything, from the fans to the performance and new stuff on the set list, it all worked out really well.” And when asked who should hop on the Hello Mahalo bandwagon, Joyce confidently declared, “We are a heavy-hitting, melodic rock band, not something you see too often anymore.

“We’re jazzy and rocking at the same time and know how to give people a show. Recommended for ages 2 and up.”

Off the couch
Downtown or down south, Friday delivers a fistful of noteworthy gigs, as Providence electro-prog rock duo MAKEUPBREAKUP (myspace.com/makeupbreakup) will be hosting their record release party at AS220 with TRIANGLE FOREST. MUBU’s debut EP, We Prefer Not To . . ., drops on August 19 and is definitely worth checking out; the first single, “Jungle City,” sounds like a tightly-wound jam session with Joy Division backing Thurston Moore. For sleazier electro madness, catch UK darlings THE TING TINGS deliver their ass-shaking brand of electro-pop to the cozy/sweaty Club Hell dancefloor before big-time gigs at Lollapalooza and the SummerSonic Festival in Japan. Meanwhile, the pride of Richmond, RI and ’08 WBRU Rock Hunt champs IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES (myspace.com/itwasthebestof times) storm the Charlestown Legion before embarking on their first headlining tour behind the recently released Hot Blood EP. Local metalheads ACARIYA and THE HELLBENTS round out the bill. Admission is a measly $6. Friday also finds THE AGENTS (myspace.com/theagentsri) at the Ocean Mist, always a great venue for Jason Dalomba’s influential brand of homegrown surfer-ska. STEVE SMITH & THE NAKEDS (thenakeds.com) have been in business for more than 35 years and with good reason: the 10-piece rhythm and blues specializes in filling dancefloors, making stops at the Newport Blues Café on Friday and a suppertime slot at the Narragansett Seafood Festival on Saturday. If you find yourself heading to or recuperating on Block Island, check out Southern roots rockers GOV’T MULE (mule.net) at the Spring House Hotel on Sunday afternoon. And on Wednesday, Oxford, Mississippi indie kids THE COLOUR REVOLT (myspace.com/colourrevolt) serve up a stoner rock sludgefeast at the Living Room behind their recent full-length debut, Plunder, Beg and Curse.

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