The Independents, Street Clothes, Ramba Ral, The Gumps @The Wormhole

WHAT A bizarrely perfect lineup The Wormhole has served up to welcome back our favorite regional horror-punks, The Independents.

Most recently, the Florence, South Carolina-based ska/punk band released Into the Light, their seventh studio album to date. Evil Presly is a remarkable vocalist, versatile enough to lead the crowd in group chants then turn around and deliver borderline silky melodies on cuts like “Corpses in the Rain.” Laced with synths and undeniably catchy progressions, Into the Light fits beautifully in the Independents catalog.

Presly and Willie B have earned their punk rock stripes over the years, touring with the Ramones (Joey was The Independents’ manager from 1995 until his death in 2001), Blondie, Misfits, Rancid, Cheap Trick, and many, many more. They hold down the small indie circuit these days, touring relentlessly and continuing to “put the fun back in funeral” at every single gig; theirs is a wild ride of a show that’ll leave you grinning.

Savannah-based hardcore punks Ramba Ral, folk-punks The Gumps, and reggae/punk-influenced rock band Street Clothes act as support.

So as to not conflict with other shows that evening, The Wormhole has slated The Independents to play promptly at 10:30 p.m., so get there on time to catch them.

Friday, February 5, 9 p.m., $5-$15 via, 21+

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