PORTLAND – The Paranoid Social Club will play at The Asylum on Friday, July 9, along with 6 Gig, Headstart and Matraya. The doors will open at 8 p.m.

In 2001, shortly after the breakup of the Rustic Overtones, remaining members Dave Gutter, Jon Roods and Marc Boisvert teamed up to form The Paranoid Social Club. In early 2002, the band released their debut CD “Axis II.” Over the last two years, this self-released debut album has sold thousands of copies locally and has produced three radio singles on WCYY. PSC, as many in the scene prefer to call this three-piece group, has toured the Eastern United States extensively in support of “Axis II.”

With a hip-hop infused, funk-rock sound, Paranoid Social Club defies the usual sub categories of rock, according to a spokesman; one minute, the band is full of smooth funk grooves with soulful vocals and the next it is angst-filled rock ‘n’ roll screams and guitars.

The group is now releasing a double CD, “Axis I” and “Axis III,” which are the bookends to “Axis II.” The lead single from the double release, “Two Girls” is already an audience favorite on WCYY, becoming the most requested song recently. They’ll be celebrating their CD release party at the Asylum on July 9.

Opening the show are some of Portland’s best-known bands, including longtime PSC friends and supporters 6 GIG. Also, on the bill are Headstart, which also has an amazing live show as well as having several singles added to the rotation at WCYY. Opening the show are newcomers Matraya, featuring members of such well-known Portland bands as the Statistics and The Taxis.

Tickets are $7 and are available at Bull Moose Music or at the Asylum box office on the night of the show only. This is an event for people 21 years old or older.

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