If the idea of the early Ramones on a sugar-and-caffeine speedball sounds like a workable idea or better yet, if it doesn't you should catch the Brooklyn quartet Cause Co-Motion! at its debut St. Louis show. Lead singer Arno and drummer Jock have roots in the mid-'90s micro-indie cassette label scene their earliest tapes mixed pop sensitivity with noisy overdrive, although the latest music both rethinks and refines this approach. Tracks such as "Which Way Is Up?" start with basic three-chord pop riffing and nerdy/sensitive vocals, but are then warped so far out of context (usually within two minutes or less) that the result approximates classic messy post-punk bashers the Swell Maps, Half Japanese and Pink Flag-era Wire. All this, and a reputation for a hot live show, should cement your Monday night plans.
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