Ladies and gentlemen, Austin, Texas-based Near Miss is coming (probably via van) to a venue near you--Grove Street to be exact.
Featuring members of Bigwig, this sometimes foursome-sometimes threesome lists their genres on their myspace.com site (www.myspace.com/nearmiss) as progressive and punk. Far more melodic than most punk-rock and not as annoying as some prog-rock, Near Miss may have something there. Even though they've faced a series of line-up changes, NM is taking it on the road. In the past, they've played with the likes of A Wilhelm Scream, Sum41, The Vandals, Goldfinger, Gob, Mest, Rise Against, The Lawrence Arms, Story of the Year and Yellowcard, and currently have a nine-song, three-way album split with The Matches and Reeve Oliver. Their music is highly listenable and does bridge punk and pop genres to give them a unique sound. In songs like "You've Mistaken," the vocals are sung with a surge of emotion over melodic guitar. Then, they jump right back to their punk roots with songs like "Call 4 Help" and "Answers." Both songs have fast, grinding guitar riffs and staccato drum beats, but (and this is a big but when it comes to most punk music) the lyrics are completely understandable and there are actual harmonies in the vocals. Maybe that's the progressive part.
Kaddisfly was originally touring with Near Miss, but,according to a bulletin on Near Miss's Web site, poor Kaddisfly got robbed of their trailer and all of their gear. Major downer, but opening for Near Miss are Boise's own Upinatem and the PirkQlaters, which makes this whole show a real treat.
Friday, November 25, with Upinatem and the PirkQlaters, $5, 7 p.m., Grove Street (formerly JD and Friends), 1576 Grove St.