Hit Bargain add a dose of aggression to the nature of consent

We here at Vanyaland always have time for alleged “supergroups,” and the “members of…” section of a band playing O’Brien’s Pub in Allston tonight (June 19) certainly caught our attention. They’re called Hit Bargain, they’re from Los Angeles, and they feature peoples in bands like Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Cold Beat, and Beach Fossils. They take their name from a now-closed 99 cent store in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, their sounds straddles a confrontational line of hardcore and post-punk, and on recent fist-punch single “Capitulate,” they take a stand on the importance of something some people just don’t fucking get. “This is a song about the ambiguities of consent,” says frontwoman Nora Singh, via Stereogum. “I wrote it in response to the real experiences of a friend navigating sex, relationships, and their own emerging queerness in LA. It predates any hashtag or recent public scandal, but it is a part of the same conversation. What I wish for everyone is to find an intersection of pleasure, bodily integrity, and respect — without abuse or shame.” Tonight at O’Brien’s they air it out alongside Edge Petal Burn, Leopard Print Taser, and Sister, and we’re sitting here thinking this entire bill should go out on tour together. Supergroups playing superbills, and all that. Featured image by Jimmy Kingsford.

Hit Bargain Tour Dates
June 16: Ottawa, ON @ House Of Targ (Ottawa Explosion)
June 17: Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes
June 18: Burlington, VT @ Hope All Is Well
June 19: Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
June 20: Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
June 21: Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
June 22: Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
June 23: Baltimore, MA @ Joe 2
June 25: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
June 27: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
June 28: Detroit, MI @ Trixies
June 30: Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah (matinee)
June 30: Toronto, ON @ Handlebar
July 11: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w /Big Ups