Late last year conversations were ablaze with talks about Baltimore and whether or not there was really a payphone at that Best Buy. Now that conversations have hushed on Serial and crime drama The Wire has since long ended, its time to talk about something Baltimore is also great at producing and that is really good rock bands. We can thank Baltimore for the salacious indie rock duo Beach House, doom/hair metal band Iron Man and most recently the blend of indie and surf rock DRGN King.
In DRGN King’s sophomore LP Baltimore Crush the group focuses on their story of growing up in Baltimore and the underground scene they learned it all from. Their songs resonate tales of teenage angst, disenfranchised kids half stoned and plagued with an existential crusade to find their place in the world. The whole album is gritty and poetic craft of tales from their past, present and future. You can practically smell the stale beer soaked venue floors and cigarette tinged hair in every chord progression.
Today EARMILK has the pleasure of premiering the music video for Baltimore Crush single “Undertow.” This song is oozing with notes of surf-rock, driving bass lines and raw vocals that are unapologetic and ask for no sympathy. Black and white scenes of the band playing in an empty concert venue are paired with scenes of bodies writhing about like they are under the hypnosis of the DRGN King’s sultry melodies. This group is sure to be another Baltimore staple and we recommend you get familiar now.
In conjunction with the release of this music the band is heading out for a tour across the US with stops practically every day. While this band is permeating with potential they still need you support to help them get on the road and get a van. Maybe you can spare a dime bag and chunk some change their way here. Regardless catch this act on the road, you won’t be disappointed.
February 19: Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
February 20: Baltimore MD @ The Crown
February 21: Washington DC @ Babe City
February 22: Norfolk VA @ Wolves Den
February 23: Greensboro NC @ New York Pizza
February 24: Savanna GA @ Hangfire
February 25: Macon GA @ The Hummingbird
February 26: Athens GA @ The Caledonia
February 27: Atlanta GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
February 28: Nashville TN @ Queen Ave Arts Center
March 1st: Memphis TN @ The Buccaneer
March 2nd: Hattiesburg MS @ Hey Joe’s
March 3rd: New Orleans LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
March 5: Austin TX @ House Show w/ Cowboy Crisis
March 6: San Antonio TX 502 Bar Lounge Inc.
March 7: Tucson AZ @ Maker House
March 9: Los Angeles Harvey Mudd College
March 11: San Francisco CA @ The Hemlock Tavern
March 12: Portland OR @ Foggy Notions
March 13: Seattle WA @ Victory Lounge
March 14th: Spokane WA @ Baby Bar
March 15: Missoula MT @ The Real Lounge
March 17: Denver CO @ Rhinoceropolis
March 18: Colorado Springs CO @ Flux Capacitator
March 19: Lincoln NE @ The Mooncottage
March 20: Rock Island IL @ Daytrotter
March 21: Chicago IL @ Young Camelot
March 22: Indianapolis IN @ Melody Inn
March 23: Bloomington IN @ House Show
March 25: Columbus OH @ ACE OF CUPS
March 26: Pittsburgh PA Bates Hardcore Gym
March 27: Harrisburg PA @ Little Amps Coffee
March 28: Philadelphia PA @ Everybody Hits