POHGOH to Head Out on Tour in Support of Jawbreaker
New Granada Records and Tampa, FL's POHGOH are excited to announce the band's upcoming east coast U.S. tour supporting Jawbreaker. Beginning on Friday, March 22 in Boston, MA at the House of Blues, the tour will visit additional markets such as Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, March 27, Washington, DC on Thursday, March 28, Norfolk, VA on Friday, March 29, and culminate in a performance at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday, March 30. The east coast tour will also feature additional support from War On Women. Tickets and more information on the upcoming run can be found on Jawbreaker's official website HERE.
Tampa's POHGOH recently released its first album of new material in 21 years titled Secret Club(purchase). With a rich history within the '90s DIY/indie/emo scene, POHGOH was in a small league of female-fronted bands of the era alongside peers such as Rainer Maria, Jejune and Dahlia Seed whose catalog includes several singles, a split 7" with Braid, the closing track on The Emo Diaries: Chapter One, and its 1997 LP, In Memory Of Bab.
Recorded at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD with the legendary J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), Secret Club consists of 11 tracks detailing the band's life as a unit after being apart for two decades and vocalist/guitarist Susie Ulrey's 15+-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Since calling it quits in 1997, POHGOH has been known to break out the guitars for the occasional one-off reunion over the years. The last one reignited a missing passion and desire to write and perform music together. Susie Ulrey (vocals, guitar), Matt Slate (guitar), Keith Ulrey (drums) and new bassist Brian Roberts (Hankshaw, Murder Suicide Pact) spent the last couple of years hunkered down in their practice space revisiting the old material while hashing out fresh ideas.
Diagnosed in 2001, Susie's lyrics touch on the hardships and struggles of living with the disease including, but not limited to, a constant worry of being a burden to others ("Business Mode"), years of chemical and drug therapies ("Super Secret Club") and a simple nightly fight pleading with her own legs to remain still ("Who's The You"). The album does have its 'light in the darkness' moments, too, with songs about the direction of the reunited band ("Try Harder") and the sheer power of positive thinking ("Bunch"), of which she declares "I lose battles, but I win wars." All of this set to a backdrop of crunchy, Superchunk-y guitars, even as they visit the more downtempo moments of reflection throughout the 11 tracks.
POHGOH will be making the following U.S. appearances this March supporting Jawbreaker. Dates below with more info HERE.
22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
23 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
24 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
27 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall
28 - Washington, DC - Anthem
29 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
30 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Photo Credit: Lucy Pearl Photography