Curl Up and Die
's verbose song titles convey optimism ("I Don't Give a Shit If I'm in Outer Darkness, I'll Make Friends") and utilize corny phrases ("Make Like a Computer and Get with the Program"). Amusing stuff, but Curl Up's tunes are so heavy that it feels risky to describe their titles as funny -- for fear that the band members could snap at the perceived clown comparison, Joe Pesci-in-Goodfellas
style. On their recent release, The One of Above All, the End of All That Is
, Curl Up and Die maintain these clever christenings ("There Ain't No CAN'T in AmeriCAN") but modify their sound by trading constant conflict for metallic grooves. Still, the Las Vegas-based band's songs remain as busy as gaming-room floors, with speed-shredding guitars and fire-belching vocals replacing slot-machine bells and cascading coins.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $10; call 314-621-9333 for more information.