Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rebuilder – One More Time for Watertown

“We’re really excited to be here. I’m from Watertown. It’s been a rough couple of days.” Just 24 hours after the Boston Marathon Bomber suspect was caught, Watertown residents Sal Ellington (vox/guitar), Daniel Carswell (bass) and the rest of Rebuilder hit the stage at The Sinclair in Harvard Square, Cambridge as the opener for The Dead Milkmen (Bowery Boston) on Saturday, April 20th.

Boston punk gets a new pillar of support from
seasoned musicians in one of the most energetic bands
to hit the stage since the days of Drexel. (image credit)

Comprised of former members of longtime Boston hardcore punk band, Dead Ellington, Rebuilder has a modern punk sound with old school roots. The band came together to start something new, to "rebuild" the way the music world works.

Walking out to a custom intro, the four-piece immediately brought the energy with ‘Everything I Hate’ (available for download on Bandcamp), continued to win over the sold out room with catchy pop punk songs and solidified their cred with a Fugazi cover. Mad props goes out to The Sinclair lighting guy who made this set even more epic.

As a relatively new band, Rebuilder, which has already opened for The Dropkick Murphys during the House of Blues Saint Patrick’s Day show and appears on the recent Allston Pudding Boston Marathon Relief Fund Mixtape, was able to reach the crowd with their message of reviving Boston punk through their DIY fashion and musical efforts, including the creation of their own record label, Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records.

With a very dynamic stage presence and charismatic banter, this professional music outfit quickly gained support from the entire venue. Ellington joked to guest drummer, Derek Davis (Big D and the Kids Table), “You leave New York to come to Watertown and get put on lock down. I’m afraid of boats now.” And with a strong atmosphere of patriotism still lingering throughout the city, the closing song, ‘Headrush’ (to be released later this year), echoed exactly what everyone was feeling, “I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid // Last song we sing.”

Catch Rebuilder April 26th at The Shaskeen Pub in Manchester, NH and May 18th at Theatre Saint Catherine in Montreal, CA as part of Pouzza Fest. Follow Rebuilder on Facebook and Twitter for additional show dates, download their two song demo on Bandcamp and visit Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records for even more Boston area music.

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