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Disappears, Pinebender, Cairo Gang 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., April 18, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $14
Disappears step up their minimalist game in a big way on the brand-new self-released EP Kone. On the 16-minute title track, recently installed drummer Noah Leger (he replaces Steve Shelley, who left amicably last summer) and bassist Damon Carruesco maintain hard-hitting, metronomic grooves behind the scorched soundscapes of guitarists Brian Case and Jonathan van Herik—though they don’t kick in till the seething, mentholated guitar drone and lashing, stinging wah-wah-treated stabs have been building for several minutes. Then it’s a few more minutes before the guitar noise coalesces into sinister riffs, which carve out space for Case’s reverb-drenched, Mark E. Smith-style hectoring—and he rides roughshod over the precise beats and undulating guitar for the remainder of the track. (The EP also includes a ten-minute edit of “Kone.”) The song “Kontakt” is much more concise and direct, with moody licks snaking through fierce rhythms. Disappears have also released an ultralimited ten-inch EP called A New House in a New Town (Sleeperhold) that includes demo versions of two new songs and a reworking of “Love Drug” from last year’s Pre-Language—judging from its sound, the stripped-down, spaced-out aesthetic of Kone isn’t an aberration but rather a new direction for the band. —Peter Margasak Pinebender and the Cairo Gang open.



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