Hoax Hunters CD Release Party with Positive No and Dave Watkins at Gallery5 

Friday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.

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Mick Anders

Hoax Hunters

The Hoax Hunters make gloriously noisy pop rock ’n’ roll. Consisting of guitarist and vocalist P.J. Sykes, drummer James O’Neill and bassist Ben Nicastro, this local trio offers a catchy amalgamation of 1980s indie, emo and punk tendencies. The group’s first full-length release, “Comfort & Safety,” is a split release between the vinyl-only North Carolina label, Negative Fun, and Sykes’ Richmond-based label, Cherub Records. Its careening yet controlled offerings bombard the senses, tunefully drawing the listener in through a torrent of distorted abrasions with memorable compositions. Joining it on this night of retro futures are the obtuse pop of Richmond’s Positive No and the swirling melodies of one-man sound-generator Dave Watkins on guitar and pedals. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. gallery5arts.org.

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