Saturday, April 8, 2023

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Greg Wheeler & The Poly Mall Cops

Music Performance

Venue: Gabes

Date: Saturday, April 8

7:30 | Local garage punk band

Admission: Included with festival pass

Straight out of Des Moines, IA, aka the ninth best place to live in the entire world, Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops deliver manic garage punk slime at its finest — whatever that means.

Greg Wheeler (The Wheelers, The Slats, Night Stories) joins Jill McLain-Meister and friendly neighborhood barber Hutch (The Vandon Arms) to form an unusual and frantic chemistry that leaves you winded, but thirsty for more.

Their recent 7-inch release, Room, is a fitting follow-up to their 2017 debut release, a split with St. Louis shriekers, Shitstorm – packing a punch with three high energy bangers.

Merging the sounds of past punk acts like the Wipers and The Rats with the modern garage leanings of acts like Thee Oh Sees and Jay Reatard, Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops add a fresh energy to the Midwest scene.

The band has shared the stage with crowd favorites like Downtown Boys, Death Valley Girls, No Age, The Shivas, Colleen Green, Ebony Tusks, Bob Log III, Dressy Bessy and Gooch Palms.

Are they really poly? Depends on how many drinks they’ve had. Are they really mall cops? Depends on how many drinks they’ve had. But no matter what goes on backstage, their onstage antics are guaranteed to be just as intriguing.