Punk rock's outcry at pop culture is played out. Some 30 years later, we're in the future and we're bored. Some still ball their spite for pop in other ways. Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from needlessly complex to minimalist drone. Connect the weird to your ears.
This season brings shorter days and longer nights, and, as we all know, anything worth a damn is done after dark. Autumn in St. Louis brings an influx of stranger gigs each year, culminating in overblown Halloween shindigs. But before we get to ghouls and ghosts, treat your ears to Marty Ehrlich and his Rites Quartet at the Kranzberg Arts Center on October 4, courtesy of New Music Circle. This month, we'll mostly shy away from the intellectual and soil our noise with a little rock & roll through European heavyweights Nicoffeine and Staer. There's more to see and hear all month, including SCUZZFEST 2013 and the return of Freezerburn Ben's live concert series: NoiSE.
Nicoffeine with Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center October 12 8 p.m. | $5
Nicoffeine filters German industrial into palpable grooves with booming bass riffs. Sparse yells lend a human voice to an otherwise oppressive wall of static and cymbals. The drumming goes beyond mindless bashing with jazzy emphasis; its pitter-patter comes with careful nuance. Guitarist Soheyl Nassary bounces from stage to showgoer, forcing down the fourth wall in favor of gripping attention. The trio really just parties on stage, reveling in a massive wash of feedback and off-mic screams. Nicoffeine never comes off contrived, and its songs carry heft and several layers. Tasty, salty layers of nasty noise.
Arrive on time for local openers (and recent recipients of Best Band Name in our Best Of St. Louis issue) Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter. Frantic chords over throaty yells make for contemporary punk music that comes charged by mid-'80s emo. Busy drums flutter under the constant whirl of super-melodic guitars. You might recognize members from past and present endeavors, including Falsetto Boy, Forteana, There's a Killer Among Us, Muscle Brain and Airport Elementary School.
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