There is much to be celebrated when it comes to Portland's P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. First of all, the band includes Kelly Halliburton, from the beloved garage outfit Pierced Arrows that features Fred and Toody Cole. This project doesn't sound much like Pierced Arrows other than the two bands both offer shadowy tones and gritty layers that fit just right into the beautiful decay of autumn. Secondly, the band also sports a few veterans from favorites of the underground, like The Weaklings and Poison Idea.
This is rock and roll that you don't hear as often in Missoula anymorethe kind that builds like a tornado, whipping up a few notes here and there until it's a virtual wind tunnel circling through the air. No bells and whistles. No chorus of trumpets or preciously introspective lyrics. Just surly sneering and anecdotes of comeuppance with self-explanatory title such as "Gotta Get Away From You" and "Buzz Off." If you were a fan of The Humpers or, locally, Humpy, you'll enjoy the hardcore and pop-punk underpinnings. If you love Mö¨torhead you'll fall in love with the driving guitar solossorry, gee-tarand raspy vocals.
There is no sign of any new recordings from the band since it released a tour-only album in Mexico in April. How did Tijuana get so lucky?
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. plays the VFW Sun., Oct. 27, at 10 PM with Vera and Buddy Jackson. $5/$7 for ages 18-20.