Preview: The Envy Corps, Diesto, Javelins, Pomegranates

It’s a strange time in Iowa City (to say the least) but by no means does that mean that the rock has to stop. Wednesday night at the Picador is the most immediate evidence of this we could find, with a show featuring one of our favorite Iowa bands, the Envy Corps, who haven’t been in town for a minute but have been keeping busy. Rumor has it they’re commencing work on the follow-up to Dwell, which is out in the UK on Mercury Records. As such, they don’t have any major touring plans right now but do have a smattering of Iowa appearances this summer, including Wednesday night at the Picador with some other pretty killer bands.

Javelins hail from Detroit and feature Matt Rickle and Julian Wettlin of presently on-hiatus Thunderbirds Are Now! Javelins are touring to support their newest record, Heavy Meadows, which is slated to come out July 1 via Suburban Sprawl. This tour takes them through the end of this week, and then they’ll hook up with Colour Revolt in July for a tour that conveniently features them back at the Picador for a just-announced hot show with Apples in Stereo and Ames’ The Poison Control Center. Get to know them now and be sure not to miss their return on what’s sure to be one of the summer’s most memorable shows.

Headlining band Diesto represent something of an anomaly on a mostly pop bill as the most metal band of the night. This band from Portland probably belonged on last week’s killer Russian Circles bill, but we’ll take them here as a welcome dose of thrashing riffs from their new record Isle of Marauder, which is currently available from Exigent Records. Exigent have made all of their artists’ albums available for streaming, so head here and give Isle of Marauder a listen.

Lastly, we’re happy to have openers Pomegranates on the bill. Last month they delivered their fabulous new album Everything Is Alive via Lujo Records, who also happened to put out one of our favorite records of 2007 - Baby Teeth’s The Simp. Everything Is Alive has drawn comparisons to early Modest Mouse, but I confess that I’m barely hearing it. Rather, I think Pomegranates are deserving of some hybrid comparison of Built to Spill and Tilly - complex pop but not in the heavy handed way, and hella exuberant. The quartet hails from Cincinnati but sounds like California.

Doors are at 9, cover is $5.

Download: The Envy Corps - Wires and Wool

Download: Javelins - Square Hips

Download: Pomegranates - Thunder Meadow

About the Author


Todd is a transplant from the East Coast who came to Iowa City to live life, love music, and enjoy cheap beer. In addition to working on Mission Freak and Mission Creek Festival, he writes semi-regularly for Tiny Mix Tapes and Daytrotter and books music and other events at local non-profit venue Public Space ONE.

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