Druid Perfume, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Frustrations, Zygoteens, E.T. Habit | Crown Liquors | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Druid Perfume, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Frustrations, Zygoteens, E.T. Habit The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., Aug. 5, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: Donation requested
Detroit five-piece Druid Perfume includes three-fifths of the defunct Piranhas, whose post-apocalyptic future-primitive caterwaul set the tone for countless bands in the Motor City and elsewhere at the turn of the millennium. They pick up where the Piranhas left off, barfing out homespun surrealist manifestos whose feverish theses are underlined by death-ray effects pedals, coarse sprays of saxophone, or even flying-saucer theremin—they're so transcendentally nasty that they make all the studied Art Institute-y noise in this town sound like the half-assed hokum it is. There's no other front man quite like "Gentle" Jamie Easter; I'll never forget the 2001 Piranhas show at Beat Kitchen where he picked up a broken bottle (one of several tossed by delinquents like Chris Ilth of the Daily Void) and used it to slice his bare ass. Not since GG Allin have I seen so many people step back in revulsion and awe. Druid Perfume's live show isn't as violent (time marches on, and everybody's getting older), but the music still has the feral menace the Piranhas wielded in those halcyon days—similar in spirit to the output of Human Eye, it's further proof that the maelstrom of Detroit's avant-skronk scene blows the best tar balls ashore. —Brian Costello



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