The Gerunds

Rock
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Editorial Review

Sometimes you'll see a show lineup and it will say ex-Some Band You Really Love and you'll get excited for a split second before realizing that it's referring to someone like the third replacement bassist. Not the case with this show at the Red & and the Black. When it says "ex-Dag Nasty, ex-Christie Front Drive," it gets full credit for both. Okay, Peter Cortner was the second vocalist for D.C. hardcore icons Dag Nasty, but it's easy to argue he was the band's definitive vocalist. His new band, the Gerunds, is still in its infancy, but it has already demonstrated that it's a group to be reckoned with, drawing on its punk past but softening the edge just a bit. Opener Golden City features Eric Richter, formerly of '90s emo cult faves Christie Front Drive, one of those bands you either don't know or love so much you own every 7-inch it ever made. CFD fans will find plenty to like with Golden City's melodic, earnest, guitar-driven tunes.

-- David Malitz (Jan. 27, 2010)