2013 marks my sixth year as a resident of Massachusetts. Over the years, I’ve been perpetually awed by how many inspired artists live, make, and play here, and equally awed by the fact that so many of them inevitably go unheard by anyone outside of this state. In addition, I feel like I constantly have friends from New York and other parts of the country/world asking, "hey .
Northampton’s POTTY MOUTH bestowed a belated Christmas gift on listeners late last week, previewing a track off their upcoming LP. “Damage” (not to be confused with their summer EP, Sun Damage) is a slow-burning bundle of shaky nerves; reverb-laden guitar leads riding shotgun with antsy overdriven guitar and bass, all pushed along by tom-heavy drums.
Living driving distance from Western Mass totally rules: during a quick trip on any given day, there’s likely to be a rad local punk, garage, or experimental show happening at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. On the other side of town, you can visit Northampton label Feeding Tube Records’ physical shop, full of underground releases and rare vinyl.