Coat Of Arms
Sunday, May 28
Coat Of Arms
That'll Learn 'Ya
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm Tickets: $10 | All Ages

From 1984-1988, Coat of Arms’ punk-influenced power pop embodied the heart of the Providence/Boston music scene. Along with contemporaries Throwing Muses, The Pixies, The Lemonheads and Plan 9, Coat of Arms passionately pushed the creative boundaries of indie rock (before “indie rock” was a thing).

Coat Of Arms was a RI favorite, sharing stages with The Ramones, Meat Puppets, Husker Du, Dead Milkmen, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Firehose, Lemonheads, Blake Babies and many many more.

Driving guitars, catchy melodies and frenetic energy fueled Coat of Arms’ music, all these elements brought together by the charismatic vocal stylings of singer Paul Everett (aka Pip). They were a young, ambitious, and sometimes reckless band, famously described in a 1987 review as “having trouble fitting into their britches”. But it was that “big britches” vision that made Coat Of Arms music so compelling.

At Coat Of Arms live shows, the band’s in-the-moment musical energy would ripple through the audience, who would often respond by enthusiastically chanting the band’s “ROUST!” mantra.

Having only reunited once in the past 25 years, this show (with fellow RI faves That’ll Learn Ya sharing the bill) will be a festive evening, and a rare glimpse into the energy & sound of the 1980s Providence music scene.

That’ll Learn ‘Ya were formed in the 80’s at the University of Rhode Island. Drawing on influences as diverse as the Replacements, R.E.M., the Clash & Elvis Costello, That’ll Learn ‘Ya crafted a sonic web of melodic jangle punk-pop long before the term “Indie Rock” was ever uttered.

The band was one of the top live acts during the peak of the U.R.I and Providence music scenes often playing to packed houses, or in support of national acts at venues like the “Old” Living Room, The Rocket, and The Ocean Mist. They also received substantial radio play from WBRU & WRIU and earned an appearance in the 1989 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals (back when it meant something).

A five piece that featured drummer Dave Harris, Guitarist Ted Cunningham, Lead Singer Terry Fallon, Guitarist/Bassist Al “Bud” Valatka, and Bassist/Guitarist Rick Harris, That’ll Learn ‘Ya recorded and released several demo recordings often recorded live by fellow Rhody Alumn Mike Scott.

That’ll Learn ‘Ya influenced many musicians and bands throughout the region and many believe that they came very close to breaking nationally.