Health, Pictureplane, Bird Names, Daniel Francis Doyle | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Health, Pictureplane, Bird Names, Daniel Francis Doyle 

When: Fri., Sept. 18, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
With its jolting energy, frenzied ritual beats, and brick-wall transitions, Health’s 2007 self-titled debut was an often disorienting mess, but the band’s electrifying live show had me looking forward to their next album anyway—it was pretty obvious that if these guys started firing on all cylinders they were gonna blow some minds. That sophomore album, Get Color (Lovepump United), released this month, is half science experiment, half mesmerizing psychedelic freak-out, combining the best elements of the first record—apocalyptic synth sounds, chattering guitar clamor, stampeding drums, and Jacob Duzsik’s billowy, haunting vocals—with a relatively mature aesthetic that’s more epic soundscape than jump-cut collage. Here the blurts of noise don’t just cut the songs into pieces but instead work almost like stage directions, prodding you back to attention after you’ve drifted off into the looping, rippling rhythms. Now that Health have an album that lives up to their onstage intensity—when they really cut loose, they flail around like whips made out of dude—it’s sure to recruit just as many true believers as their shows do. Pictureplane, Bird Names, and Daniel Francis Doyle open. —Kevin Warwick

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