Sunny Ali & the Kid and Prowler at Tritone Oct. 9

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

Try Harder, Sunny Ali & the Kid’s debut EP and former Deli CD of the Month (read the review here), is a sonic punch in the face. It’s not that it’s super heavy or increasingly intense, but the low key experiments from frontman Hassan Ali (ex-POPO) and drummer Abdullah Saeed are attention-grabbing minimalist garage-rock slaps that clock in less than two minutes each. There’s the dirty country sneer of the title track and closer “Fuck Me” the balladesque chimey fuzz pop of “The Best for You”, and the rockabilly-spritzed noise smack downs of “Cand Stand You” (honorary mention goes to their bouncy garage cover of Alice Deejay’s 2000 club hit “Better Off Alone”). It’s a swift incident but a worthy one and they’ll bring their self-proclaimed country punk to the Tritone tonight with fellow hometown motivators Prowler, who wield an unearthly affection for spasmodic electro-rock snickers. It’s all high-pitch wails and loutish boogie-funk for this full-throttle five piece that’ll be dropping their new album, Wooly Mammoth, in early December. It will feature appearances by local favorites Plastic Little and Reef and the Lost Cauze. They’ll also be joined by Washington, D.C’s art-rock outfit The Chance thrown into the mix. So go to it, brochacho. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9:30pm, $7, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia


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