ArtSpace Underground with Swarm The Moon and Steve Deal — Dec. 12

ArtSpace Underground returns Saturday, Dec. 12 with two great bands and a huge fashion show. Get ready to be impressed.

ArtSpace Underground presents EXCENTRAGLAM — A fashion show with 15+ designers. DJ Peter Kuhn will spin. Live music from Swarm The Moon, plus the solo debut of Steven Deal. As always … it’s $5 to get in with drinks by 116 Crown. ArtSpace Underground is always all-ages.

Swarm the Moon, from New Haven, formed late in the summer of 2009 when Anthony Acock (drums,) Thom Smith (guitar) and Tim Leonard (vocals/guitar) got sick of reading each other’s desperate pleas on Facebook looking to start a band and decided to get together and do something about it. Matty Mauro later joined in on bass, and the band was complete. Each member brings a very different musical background to the band and the end result is a tasty blend of equal parts noise, pop and rock. They have already drawn comparisons ranging from early Promise Ring to Sonic Youth. This will be their last show before they record their debut EP in January of 2010. Expect to hear much more from them in the coming year.

Steven Deal (ex-Bleached Black, Chopper, and Absolute Zeros) has been playing since he was 13 years old. He dropped out of college to tour the USA and Canada several times as a support act for groups such as Dinosaur Jr., Das Damen, The Screaming Trees and The Neighborhoods, to name a few. Deal has worked with producers Lou Giordano (Husker Du, Volcano Suns, GooGoo Dolls, etc.) and Peter Katis (Interpol, Philistines, Jr., Babyheads, Zambonis, etc.) among many others. After a 10+ year writing hiatus, singer-songwriter Deal returns with the pop punk album he’s always wanted to record. clocking in at under 40 minutes total running time, RADIO TWELVE is his first solo album ever, 11 “hate” songs, beer and brandy-soaked pop anthems, stories of romantic misery, self-loathing and megalomania.

ArtSpace New Haven, 50 Orange St. (corner of Orange and Crown). Doors open at 7 p.m. $5. All-ages.

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