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Taiwan Housing Project

Taiwan Housing Project Opening for Protomartyr & Priests at Underground Arts Feb. 12

Gathering from the remote reaches of esoterica is Philadelphia’s Taiwan Housing Project, a darkwave, coldwave, no wave, don’t-call-it-a-wave wave "supergroup" consisting of members from Little Claw, Harry Pussy, Casual Viking, and Tickley Feather. The band is as much a compound of members from other bands as it is of sounds and influences. Willfully inaccessible, unapologetically harsh, Taiwan Housing Project combines the noise worship of bands of the 80's East Village scene like DNA or Mars with the darker tonal elements of Bauhaus, conveyed with a cavernous sonic depth. What results is a delirium of murky unease, bordering on dread, and sheathed in atonal noise (see contemporary noise-rock act Dreamdecay). THP will be performing at Underground Arts tonight with a lineup of similarly rooted bands Protomartyr and Priests, who both possess noise-savvy no-wave inclinations and a brazen disregard for conventional melody. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock


Taiwan Housing Project Opening for U.S. Girls at JB's Nov. 16

The beginning of the week can feel like a zombie-like sleepwalking state as residual vibes persist but seemingly fit nowhere. However, Johnny Brenda’s will provide the fitting space this evening when Taiwan Housing Project rips right to the emotive center. With an ambushing noise-punk aesthetic, the band’s unrelenting sound naturally gathers momentum, vocally offering a dichotomy of commanding leadership, while also exhibiting a closer personal edge, using a heavy stampede of noise to shake the surroundings into submission. Escape-ISM, the latest project from Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, The Make-Up, Weird War), catches you in a web of simplistic adhesion - parts raw buzzing rock with underlying pop nostalgia. In support of their new record, Half Free, former Philly native Meghan Remy and her project U.S. Girls headline. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita


The Micro & Macro Struggle of Taiwan Housing Project at Ortlieb's Sept. 20

Taiwan Housing Project, the Philadelphia-based brainchild of Kilynn Lunsford (originally of Little Claw and Tyvek) and Mark Feehan (of Harry Pussy), successfully bridges the gap between indie rock and screamo, delivering emotional live shows fueled by Lunsford’s haunting vocal performance and perpetual, reverberating basslines. Many other bands (Sunflower Bean and Bully to name a few) have recently amassed interest employing these same sonic elements. Especially with a younger audience, this success makes sense: Taiwan Housing Project and noise-pop, in general, is in your face, a constant reference to micro and macro struggle, becoming a political force in addition to an accessible, raucously fun musical release. They will be opening the bill tonight at Ortlieb’s with Solar Motel guitar virtuosos, Nick Millevoi + Chris Forsyth, and headliners, Black Spirituals. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Blake Oetting


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