While the circumstances regarding their return are far from ideal, former Kill Rock Stars outfits Bangs and The Need will both be reuniting this summer — and at the same gig, for that matter. The two outfits will return for a one-off benefit show on July 23rd at Berbatis Pan in Portland, OR. The show will be used to benefit Natalie Cox, a former Kill Rock Stars employee diagnosed with a rare and particularly aggressive form of cancer called angiosarcoma in July 2009.
Both Bangs and The Need were fixtures in the Pacific Northwest music scene in the late 1990s/early 2000s. The former, a punk outfit, released three full-length LPs during its eight year existence. The latter, a queercore band which featured indie rock notables Rachel Carnsles (Kicking Giant, The King Cobra) and Radio Sloan (The Chelsea, Ce Be Barns Band), dropped four studio albums and a slew of 7″‘s before disbanding in the early 2000s.
Bangs and The Need will be joined on the July 23rd bill by C Average and Thrones. Tickets are available now — for just $15! — via Ticketweb.com. And remember, it’s for a good cause.