Ted Leo and the Pharmacists book Churchill’s

By | July 25th, 2011 | 6 Comments

Here’s what the to-do list on Ted Leo’s refrigerator looks like right now:

1. Tour relentlessly with the Pharmacists for seven months
2. Reunite with former hardcore band Citizens Arrest after 20 years
3. Contribute regularly (and hilariously) to Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show on WFMU”
4. Campaign for PETA
5. Play Churchill’s on Oct. 30th

That’s right, politico-punk dynamo Leo and the Pharmacists are coming to Little Haiti to play Churchill’s as part of a 13-stop tour extension that includes shows in Pensacola, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Tampa, according to Pitchfork. (Apparently, Leo’s also found time to figure out Florida.) The news is extra exciting because it will be Miami’s first time seeing former drummer James Canty, who joined the Pharmacists for their 2008 EP Rapid Response. Canty is the former drummer of legendary DC hardcore band Nation of Ulysses and brother of former Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty.

Leo released The Brutalist Bricks early last year (his first with Matador Records), a strong album that played out like an athlete’s triumphant comeback. After 2007’s disappointingly boring Living with the Living (during whose tour Leo last visited Miami, at the now-defunct Studio A), folks began to question the 40-year-old’s ability to continue to make brainy punk cool. Brutalist Bricks shut us all the hell up as it proved to be one of his strongest albums ever, showcasing his signature alchemy of hardcore, mod-punk, and folk, even mixing in some sparse industrial rises.

Even though one bad album probably didn’t warrant the doubt, it was important to know (rather than believe) that Leo — a sweating, breathing vault of musical stylings whose catalog includes hardcore, oi! punk, ska, mod, post-punk, pop punk — wasn’t finished. Brutalist Bricks put the faith back in Leo’s faithful, but his Churchill’s show should make ‘em fanatics again and convert any non-believers to the light.

Update: The show is $12 in advance — they will eventually be available at sweatshopmiami.com — and $14 at the door. The opening acts are Pujol (from Nashville) and Miami’s Deaf Poets.

In other Churchill’s news, the Jacuzzi Boys just announced they will be playing the release show for their upcoming album, Glazin’, there on August 27. See full details HERE.

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6 Comments on “Ted Leo and the Pharmacists book Churchill’s”

  1. 1 William said at 8:43 pm on July 25th, 2011:

    We’ll post the show price as well as opening acts as soon as we find out. While the date was posted by pitchfork, Churchill’s was unaware that Leo was even playing (although Oct. 30th is listed as a “no-book” date on their calendar). According to Churchill’s, the promoter likely informed the press before giving confirmation to the venues (pretty common).

  2. 2 F said at 10:39 pm on July 25th, 2011:

    By far the best news regarding concerts this fall. Looking forward to it!

  3. 3 Eddy said at 8:08 am on July 26th, 2011:

    Wow, I’ll need to keep my eyes peeled for when these tickets go on sale.

  4. 4 Lolo said at 12:21 pm on July 26th, 2011:

    Hey Beached crew, this is a show we’re putting on. Here’s the full info for it (with props to your scoop): http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/2011/07/26/announcing-ted-leo-103011-at-churchills/

  5. 5 Jordan Melnick said at 12:51 pm on July 26th, 2011:

    @Lolo, props to Sweat for scoring such a great show!

  6. 6 Felicia said at 3:39 pm on October 30th, 2011:

    I’ve been waiting for him to come back down here for years! What time do the doors open tonight?


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