[Photos by acidjack]
Potty Mouth may not be as vulgar as their name implies, but they can write a mean fucking hook. Hailing from the indie rock mini-Mecca of Northampton, Mass., the band is touring behind Hell Bent, its first full-length album, brought to you by Old Flame Records. I had no idea what to expect from my first show of the year, given the sub-zero temperatures, but Potty Mouth’s buzz seems to have more than made up for the bad weather. This seven-song, twenty-five minute headlining set told you all you need to know about this band. They showed up, delivered one catchy salvo of feminist pop-punk after another, and called it a night. It was economical, it got it done, it reminded you why you braved the cold.
In particular, I found myself nodding along to “The Spins”, a song about that well-known consequence of too much booze, and equally captivated by the closer “The Better End”, which gives guitarist Phoebe Harris a turn at the vocal mic. Like fellow Northampton residents Speedy Ortiz, among others, Potty Mouth ought to remind those who ditched guitar rock with a purpose for watered-down laptop R&B exactly what they were missing.
I recorded this set with our installed Naiant X-R microphones in the venue, plus a soundboard feed provided by the outstanding head house engineer Josh Thiel. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
Stream “The Spins”
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Naiant X-R (installed)+Soundboard (engineer: Josh Thiel)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (reverb on SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image adjustment)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, light compression)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 [new song]
02 Rusted Shut
03 Sleep Talk
05 The Spins
06 [new song 2]
07 The Better End