Black Dice | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., May 7, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $15
Nobody is ever going to call Black Dice's electro gurgles and dragging, downer thumps "accessible," but compared to the harsh, violent noise the band started out playing at the Rhode Island School of Design 15 years ago, last month's Mr. Impossible (Ribbon Music) is practically poppy. On the new album Aaron Warren and brothers Bjorn and Eric Copeland combine fractured beats, gnarly guitar accents, and manipulated vocals into a frenetic, synergistic collage with the energy of a rave and the feel of a noisy old video arcade (I keep thinking of the sad little Pac-Man death song)—except it sounds like it's all been cut into vinyl and played back at half the proper speed. Mr. Impossible's opening track, "Pinball Wizard," begins with dark rhythm tracks and an almost sci-fi feel, pierced by a sustained psychedelic line played on what sounds like a guitar, then transmogrifies into a deformed Dance Dance Revolution-style industrial beat—and it's catchy as all hell. Even the songs that seem to be going for something more swooping and epic, such as "The Jacker," often create such hard, peculiar grooves that I wouldn't be shocked to hear a sample turn up on a mix tape by your favorite eccentric hip-hop meganame. —Kevin Warwick



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