500millionNine years ago Tim Nelson, Dicky Brooks and James Hagstrom — members of the defunct band Gild — sequestered themselves in a dark studio and formed a new group, the 500 Million Society. The mission: to write songs that question life in the new-world empire. Keyboard player Russell Sackett was added to the band about three years ago. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2010 on Spinout Records, is a rocked-out retro call to arms that emphasizes cranked organs and vintage amps. A five-song EP, The Age of Reason, followed in 2012. By combining 1960’s surf, ’70s psychedelic and ’80s new-wave punk and rock, the sound rendered is a danceable mélange. The band is working on new songs for a possible 2015 release.

11:30pm Wed 4/30 | Mr. D’s