Local label Tall Pat Records, headed up by the vertically gifted Patrick Sullivan, released its first slab of wax last March—the debut self-titled LP from local garage-pop band Dumpster Babies—and tomorrow night, Fri 11/7, Sullivan will celebrate Cuddlestock: a four-way record release party at Empty Bottle. Over the past year, Sullivan has kept a steady stream of local acts busy, releasing material from bands like Flesh Panthers and the Man, but Cuddlestock is a celebration of a hugely ambitious task, and we get to see him simultaneously drop four local releases in one night: new records from Hollow Mountain, Son of a Gun, Negative Scanner, and the Bingers.
Son of a Gun will be celebrating the release of their first LP, a rowdy exercise in punked-up, hyperspirited garage rock. Postpunkers Negative Scanner will be unleashing their second EP of the year (the other is out on Trouble in Mind Records). Hollow Mountain, one of my favorite local acts, will have their debut seven-inch on hand, a razor-sharp document of what it sounds like when the Ramones and Black Sabbath smash together head-on. Last but not least there’s local trio the Bingers, a fuzzy, blown-out sugary pop explosion, who will have their debut seven-inch for sale as well. And because why not, the whole shebang will be opened by Comm to Black, a one-song cover band that features Sullivan himself, who will play a really, really long version of the MC5 tune “Black to Comm”; this set will be their second and last-ever show. Things kick off at 9 PM, and if you e-mail the venue at RSVP@emptybottle.com, you can get in for free—and free is good when you consider all the records you’re going to be buying at this thing.