Like sex, pop music feels the best when it's proferred by those with a little age and experience. Case in point is Kansas City's Roman Numerals, a veteran clique composed of former members of underground '90s post-hardcore legends Shiner, Season to Risk and Dirt Nap. Far but not too far from the guitar-heavy, jagged havoc of their youth, the Numerals' sound is a dark-wave-induced blend of dance beats, synths, dirty bass and hooks that stick in your head like Ian Curtis' creepy gaze. Unlike played-out poseurs the Bravery and the plagiarists in She Wants Revenge, the Roman Numerals work harder on the rocking than striving to be sexy and the results leave audiences sweaty. Fellow KC rockers Doris Henson and locals the Bureau open.
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