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Courtesy, Lutheran 

When: Wed., April 29, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Aboil with slinking samples and creaking, paranoid vocals, Slow Bruise (Moon Glyph), the sophomore album from Courtesy, conveys something akin to hearing the gentle hush of smoke billowing out from beneath a door that’s cracking and swelling as it struggles to contain the fire within. The local three-piece, once split between Memphis and Chicago, first builds and records its tracks in a linear method before hacking ’em to bits and reanimating each as a pasted, mutant version of itself. Then, with the help of live loops and more effects than one can shake a stick at, the dudes figure out how to make the tracks work on a stage. It’s pretty harrowing stuff, reminiscent of a band like Montreal’s Suuns, which loves to warp minimal guitar-rock jams into jagged, broken-down mind melters. Often toying with experimental noise on Slow Bruise—and even getting a little jazzy here and there—Courtesy keeps a straight-ahead stagger thanks to ominous bass pulses that threaten to suffocate tracks and to faint, bleak lyrics that no doubt have the ability to shock any listener back into coherence, like those on “Jungle Juice” (“If I say I want to die, just let me die / If I say I want to die, please just let me die”). —Kevin Warwick

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