Duke Performances

The Gories & Bangzz

Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Motorco Music Hall


“We are coming to your town / we’re gonna mess your head around!” is a lyric more taunting than threatening when sung with the yap-yell of “Hey Hey, We’re the Gories,” the introductory track from the eponymous band’s 1991 record I Know You Be Houserockin’. The garage punk trio — made up of guitarists Mick Collins and Dan Kroha and drummer Peggy O’Neill, and playfully named in homage to the fictional band from the television sitcom Gidget — led the eastern Michigan rock renaissance in the late 1980s with a signature fuzzy blend of blues and “rustbelt rock.” True to the phrase, each Gories lick and rumble clangs and jolts like city machinery; urban legend claims their first recordings were conducted in a tin shack. Revived in 2009 after disbanding nearly two decades earlier, The Gories make a rare appearance in Durham for what is sure to be a cathartic blowout.

BANGZZ is a garage punk project from singer and guitarist Erika Kobayashi Libero with drummer Jess Caesar of Pink Flag and Dirty Little Heaters. BANGZZ’ sound has been described as “confrontational femme-punk that weds a Stooges stomp to five-alarm-blaze-yelps” and a “brand of punk noir” that is “all scuzzy irreverent riot girl catharsis.”

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The Gories - Telepathic (live)


“... the two-guitar-and-drums band shucked punk and rock down to their humble cores, infused them with a rowdy sort of blues and soul and ripped out songs as raw as anything.”

Chicago Tribune