RETCHING RED WITH EKS & A COMMON HOPE
9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 18)
319 N. Tarragona
A night of punk, hardcore, thrash and squirrels with knives ignite The HandleBar as Cinder Block—the fiery vocalist who carved the female-fronted punk band path with TILT—has regrouped to form California's Retching Red. Armed with its new release "Scarlet Whore of War," Red's flow of anger tackles misogyny by embracing the old-school punk sound and ethics of the early '80s. A Common Hope, locals who recently graced the ShiraGirl stage at Vans Warped Tour, also boasts a female vocalist but lacks the venom spewed by Cinder Block. While Hope is a relative newcomer to the local music scene, Earl's Killer Squirrel has been thrashing away for 12 years. "Cinder Block and her former band TILT really were torchbearers for female-fronted punk rock music all through the '90s," comments promoter Chris Wilkes, adding his enthusiasm of pairing up the new breed with the veterans. "I'm also excited about A Common Hope's drive and talent. It's been far too long since Pensacola has had a local band vaguely like them," he adds.