Noisy Bay Area Post-Punk Band Plays Pacifica

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area noise-punk trio Porch brings its heavy sounds to local fans for a show in Pacifica this Friday.

Porch leader and guitarist Todd Huth first rose to prominence during the mid-1980s as the original guitarist with future Bay Area alt-rock heroes Primus. After his departure from the Les Claypool-led trio, replacement Larry LaLonde would recreate Huth’s guitar melodies on most of the material that made up the band’s early studio albums Frizzle Fry and Sailing on the Seas of Cheese.

The guitarist would once again work with Primus mainstay and bass virtuoso Claypool during the ’90s in the band Sausage — essentially a reunion of the original Primus line-up featuring Huth and drummer Jay Lane — he also made waves after founding his own trio Porch. Exploring a more aggressive, dissonant sound that echoed iconic noise-punk acts like the Jesus Lizard and Unsane, Porch released its self-titled album in 1994 and played the Bay Area extensively before eventually splitting up.

Porch would resurface a few years ago when Huth and bassist Christopher Frey brought drummer Michael Jacobs into the fold to record the trio’s first new album in 17 years, Givin Up. In 2013, the band recorded a stunning follow-up effort entitled Walking Boss with noted producer Tim Green at his Louder Studios in Grass Valley. A couple of years later, the band ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to have the recording remastered for vinyl with a limited edition pressing of the record.

Porch headlines popular Pacifica music spot Winters Tavern, where they will be joined by propulsive like-minded SF band Rip Room and self-described “modular death surf” band Bloody Waters from the East Bay.

Porch with Rip Room and Bloody Waters
Friday, June 9, 9 p.m. $8
Winters Tavern

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