Love Lost makes no promise of a permanent reunion -- guitarist Scott Fogelbach says "we'll see what the new year holds" -- but the group has never excelled at offering comfort. Its upbeat titles are bitter lies, with "Happy to Be Alive" depicting cruel indifference and "Calm and Secure" describing the "saliva of shitheads." The chaotic complexity of the group's compositions stands in stark contrast to its brutally efficient wordplay; savage swirls of noise surround simple phrases such as "In typical fashion, everything dies." In his most inaccurate assessment, singer Nathan Prater shrieks, "Even when I'm passionate I'm unimpressive." Actually, the band's emotional intensity is astounding, as its wounded-griffin wails cling to its snapped-elastic riffs like tightly wrapped partners on a threadbare bungee cord. (Please note that LLBNF and Mustard Plug are on different bills; tickets will be required for both shows.)
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