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Artist of the day: Elysium

Yeah, the mythological moniker sounds metal, but Elysium's sound is more on the punk side. Much more.

In fact, you might call Elysium the protectors of the Tampa punk scene. For five years now, the band -- Tom Shelton, lead vocals and guitar; Matt "Mattie Sox" McCartney, bass and backup vocals; Spencer Anemik, lead guitar and backup vocals; and Mike Berg on drums -- has lived in the Tampa Punk House, an undisclosed location that for some two decades has been putting on raucously insane punk shows.

"The last band that lived here was The Tim Version," said Shelton. "When they said they were moving out we literally stalked the landlord to rent the house."

The band's sound is as scruffy as their appearance, veering from hardcore thrash to metal breakdowns to relentlessly furious old-school punk. It's a mix that has landed them gigs opening for everyone from Authority Zero to Stephen Pearcy to The Absence to the Warped Tour in 2007.

This summer they're looking to get back out on tour -- "All the guys in the band are starting to get that 'road itch'" Shelton said -- but first, they've got a couple of show this weekend in St. Petersburg. They're playing at Fubar at 9 p.m. Friday with Nothing in the Dark, Hero Of Our Time, Pig Pen and Gonad Rehab.

But after that, things get really interesting. According to Shelton, they're performing at Saturday's "Micro Championship Wrestling" little-people wrestling event at the State Theatre. Tickets are $15. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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