On the new Shade Perennial
(Comedy Minus One), Chicago band Bottomless Pit
carries on with the sound that guitarists and vocalists Andy Cohen and Tim Midyett (ne Midgett) forged in the 90s with Silkworm, which they’d helped form in 1987 in Missoula, Montana. That group came to a tragic end when drummer Michael Dahlquist was killed in a 2005 car crash, and Midyett has made it clear that he and Cohen will never escape that loss: “I think about Michael several times a day every day,” he said in a recent interview with the website Color Is Its Own Reward
. “I don’t want to wrap any of it up as history for myself personally.” The pair eventually enlisted drummer Chris Manfrin and bassist Brian Orchard to build a new body of songs as Bottomless Pit, but Dahlquist’s spirit has remained part of the group’s sound. They imprint the music with the heavy stomp and lurching swing of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, right down to the way explosive, bloodied solos burst from tangles of ringing riffs. And more than ever the lyrics address the fragility of existence, with empathy for those near and dear. The members of Bottomless Pit have loved this sound for years, but within their embrace of it is something so sacred that everything sounds new. —Peter Margasak Light Coma and the Rutabega open.