Washington Social Club, Bad Moves
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Washington Social Club
Washington Social Club is a DC power pop band formed in 2001 by Olivia Mancini, Martin Royle, Evan Featherstone and Randy Scope. The band has released two albums – 2004's Catching Looks and 2007's Bigger Than Your Boyfriend. From 2001 to 2008, WSC toured the country, earning fans and generally having an awesome time. In 2018, the band woke up from a long nap – a new album and more shows are in the works for 2019. On December 13th, Washington Social Club is returning to the backstage at the Black Cat to celebrate this unique space. We hope you will join us to thoroughly rock out a venue that nurtured us and we are sad to see go.
Bad Moves is four friends making upbeat power-pop about anxiety and identity, drawing on a sound that stretches from forbears like The Nerves and Cheap Trick to contemporary artists like Sheer Mag and Haim. After years knocking around the Washington, D.C. punk scene in bands of their own, guitarists Katie Park and David Combs, bassist Emma Cleveland and drummer Daoud Tyler-Ameen began playing together in 2015, with a few goals in mind: Songwriting would be collaborative, singing would be everyone's job and arrangements would be generously staggered, blending voices and ideas to avoid centering any one member.
On its self titled 2016 EP, the band explored bleak adulthood, writing about bad jobs, corrupt leaders, frustrated dreams and gentrifying cities. Tours of the US and UK with friends Jeff Rosenstock, Martha, Nana Grizol and The Spook School brought a widening fanbase and a sharpening sound, with new material that dug into the wilderness of childhood and how its lessons ripple out later in life. As anticipation grew for a full-length album, the band made a breakthrough appearance on the Cartoon Network's Craig of the Creek, voicing their animated selves in an episode about the show's lead characters putting on their first DIY concert.
Tell No One, released Sept. 21, 2018 on Don Giovanni records, is Bad Moves' debut LP: 12 songs about confronting old secrets and stumbling into self-discovery, wrapped in a sound that hometown weekly Washington City Paper calls "exuberant catharsis, the type of pop that makes you breathe deep and shout."
"The OSYX is fierce AF. Like their namesake, the legendary alpha female wolf “The ‘06” and her pack, The OSYX harnesses feminine energy to create something wild, powerful, and critical to today’s music scene. Five women have come together, bringing their own unique strength, musicality, and passion into one pro-womxn collective that creates shimmering signs that feel like a prism turning on its side. The music is singularly original, largely raucous and at times silvery - with melodic tensions and chemistries, harmonies and howls that make you want to join the pack."