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Bambara

Bambara

Alex McKelvey

When: Tue., Oct. 6, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $15
Brooklyn trio Bambara are easy to compare to a revelatory sound project like Swans—and no doubt they’ve gleaned some know-how from the dark and grimy nether regions of Michael Gira’s mutant brain. On 2013’s awesome Dreamviolence (Arrowhawk) they mostly keep to the shadows, stalking through the backgrounds of tracks as short, dissonant crescendos spontaneously combust around them—already separated by what seems like an immeasurable distance, their sinister vocals are barely detectable beneath a sheet of tinny reverb. And Bambara develop and mutate as the album moves along, which is never more evident than during a three-track stretch that includes the chugging, quick-­footed postpunk jam “Nail Polish,” the grinding but ethereal requiem “Train Daze,” and the acoustic-­based whispery breeze “Bar.” The wild uppercuts of noise and fury on Dreamviolence—shots that often remind me of LA noise-rock foursome Health—keep the album frantic, but it’s the asides that keep it fascinating. The dudes have a new full-length coming out in January called Swarm, and will likely tour on it come spring. Get to this show early for a sneak peek.
— Kevin Warwick

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