WHITE PROBLEMS(Reunion!), ABSOLUTELY, COLD LOVERS, HEAVY HAND
Sat. 03/23 | 10:00PM
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Front man Brian Rogers celebrates his 30th birthday by reuniting his Flipper/Jesus Lizard influenced band.
"The jagged, emotive, shambling, but locked-in noise-rock of Absolutely
recalls the post-hardcore that was sometimes called “emo” back in 1994,
before that word inexplicably evolved into an expletive targeted at Hot
Topic mall-punks. Nope, we’re talking about the crunchy riffs,
challenging arrangements, and off-mic screaming that was pressed onto
7-inch vinyl, wrapped in Xeroxed sleeves, and sold in basements from
Washington, D.C. to Washington state (anyone else miss Unwound?). Learns To Love Mistakes
was named in jest for the number of incorrect takes that the band
eventually liked more than the songs’ original parts, giving the
proceedings a raw, live, and organic feel that makes each song extra
captivating. For a bunch of alleged misfires, the confounding structures
and deliberate grooves of Absolutely’s debut are impressively assured,
and I shudder to think (see what I did there?) about how glorious their
next batch of fuck-ups will be." The AV Club's Best Milwaukee Albums Of 2011
Cold Lovers are a rare female-fronted hardcore punk group from Chicago
who have been around for just over a year, taking former members from
another local outfit, Fenced. So far, they have mainly stuck around their hometown, appearing with such bands as Tampa's Merchandise and No Statik.
"Let Go", a track from their recent demo, is hardcore at its purest and
most distilled. The vocals, which are mixed a bit higher than most
traditional hardcore acts, are shouted with enough fervor to eliminate
any trace of affectation over the song's fanatical, driving, single-note
lead guitar line and pounding drum beat.
Heavy Hand(Anthony Weber, Isa Carini, & Christopher Roberts) just released their impressive debut album "Confusion Is Body Parts" late last year after recording with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings. There is definitely an 80's/early 90's's noisy Sebadoh/Pixies vibe going on with HH, and that's a good thing.
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