Plaque Marks

Band Information

Founded by three veterans of Philly's punk and hardcore scenes, whose current and recent bands include Creepoid, Fight Amp, and Ecstatic Vision – and all three of whom work shifts at the city's preeminent rock dive, Kung Fu Necktie – Plaque Marks pound out the rawest, most caustic music any of these musicians has ever made. The band is the self-proclaimed "stain on the smile of the Philadelphia music scene." Like a chain-smoking Neanderthal hanging out at the end of the evolutionary scale, cackling at the fact that all human progress is leading the species right back toward him, Plaque Marks is both the pinnacle and nadir of these three men's musical careers. With decades of experience between them, guitarist/vocalist Mike McGinnis, bassist/vocalist Doug Sabolick, and drummer Patrick Troxell have progressed/regressed to the point of laying down the grimiest, most primitive rock n' roll clatter put to wax this year. Plaque Marks credit Texas legends Rusted Shut and Cherubs for inspiration, as well as the early works of contemporaries Pissed Jeans – and while some of the members' other work, particularly Fight Amp, resides in this ballpark too, Plaque Marks take it to new depths. This is noise-rock in its simplest and most corrosive state, and Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship is right at home on Minneapolis label Learning Curve Records, responsible for releases by Vaz, Hammerhead, and Gay Witch Abortion. Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship was recorded and mixed by Matt Weber and Plaque Marks, at Gradwell House Studios in Haddon Heights, NJ, and The Bummer Basement in Philadelphia. The EP was mastered by Dave Downham at Gradwell House. The cover art was created by Dan Smith. Following the recording, The Powder Room's Gene Woolfolk was brought into the fold as a second guitarist.