Kicked In The Head

Kicked In The Head

Donaher, Tied To A Bear

Sat, November 11, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

$15 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at the Great Scott box office seven days a week 12PM-1AM, or at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: Great Scott box office is cash only.

Kicked In The Head
Kicked In The Head
Kicked in the Head is not a band. They were a band. They were four people who went to school together, went to college, and made things.

Some of the things they did are embarrassing. They wrote a song about cereal, for one. They came up with catchphrases like "Louder, Faster, More Distortion," and then had the gall to put it on a tee-shirt. That's okay. If you're reading this, afraid that something you're doing might one day be embarrassing, that's kind of the point. What the hell.

Once in a while they did something interesting that surprised people. They won a couple of awards. They built a recording studio. One of them walked bare-ass naked out of a friendly Vermont rest-stop, and then got pulled over by a friendly Vermont policeman who told them to "Get home safe, and cut the shit."

One time six of them almost died in a car crash. They didn't. They were okay. Happy ending.

But most of their history is boring, like this: Kicked in the Head made two albums and two EPs over a twelve-year career. They sold a number of CDs, back when you could do that kind of thing. They drove up and down the Eastern seaboard just to make a van smell like bologna farts, and stopped to play a few shows along the way. See? Boring. Bands are all the same. They connect with each other so they can connect with music. Along the way, other people get caught up in it and you're bigger than you were before. The same things happen and the same things happen and the same things happen. It's happening again.

Kicked in the Head is not a band. They will always be a band. They are four people who went to school together, grew up together, and made things.
Donaher's debut LP includes ten power pop songs about nostalgia, falling into love, and fading into heartbreak. Savagely sweet and contagiously cute, "I Swear My Love Is True" is the soundtrack to your summer. Produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, A Will Away) and mastered by Jim Keaney (Appreciation Post, Pansy Division).

New Hampshire's The Hippo Press described Donaher as "a buoyant confection with a Fountains of Wayne and Weezer vibe".

The band is led by Nick Lavallee and Tristan Omand with Lee Sevigny and Adam Wood completing the rhythm section.
Tied To A Bear
Tied To A Bear
We’ve known these guys for a long time, in various shapes and permutations. We met Jeff and Paul back in the Boxingwater days, we stumbled upon Matthew performing his one-man-show of bawdy sea shanties in a Gloucester museum, and we were introduced to Harleyshortly after he was harvested from his underground pod.
Their debut album, Safe, Boring & Safe, is a collection of punk anthems shot through with heartache, regret and solid songwriting. I’ve included a few reviews below:
“Tied to a Bear…aging political punkers who are lucky their threadbare agenda has become relevant again.” -
“Former Gunboat Records recording artists Jeff Rowe and Paul Picillo are back, though sounding less Lennon/McCartney and more Milli/Vanilli.” -
“I wouldn’t recommend listening to this record unless you play it backwards. When you get to track 3, the drummer shares a recipe for a lovely lobster bisque.” - Rolling Stone
“One time I was literally #tiedtoabear and it was more fun than #listeningtotiedtoabear.” - Twitter user @xXsullyXx
“I thought this record was really awful at first, but Jeff sent over a special beer to pair it with. I think he called it ‘Forget Me Lots”? Anyway, I woke up under an overpass and now I can hear my bones growing.” - Punk News
It's hard to imagine how they keep going while enduring public humiliation like this. Jeff Rowe, for one, brings his DIY work ethic to Winter Hill Brewing Company, a thriving brewpub in Somerville that frequently hosts shows involving the TTAB crew in one of their dozens of bands.
We are super-psyched to have these guys on the bill for Saturday’s show, along with Donaher. If you haven’t got tickets yet, now is the time:
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134