Ian's Party: Brokedowns, Negative Scanner, Bust!, No Men, Milly Mango, Elephant Gun, Please and Thanks Yous | Chop Shop | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Ian's Party: Brokedowns, Negative Scanner, Bust!, No Men, Milly Mango, Elephant Gun, Please and Thanks Yous 

When: Sat., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $20, $40 weekend pass
Postpunk three-piece No Men started in Austin but cemented their acerbic, titanic sound after guitarist-bassist DB and singer-percussionist Pursley relocated to Chicago in late 2015. “We just wanted to make [our music] angrier and faster and more direct,” DB told Radio One Chicago’s Hex after the host asked how the move affected the band. “The winter helped, me personally, to make me angry,” Pursley said. “Chicago’s got an angry side.” On their debut full-length, October’s Dear God, Bring the Doom (Gezellig), No Men balance succinct songwriting with a rage that threatens to boil over. Native Chicagoan Eric Hofmeister propels these tracks with economical drumming that teases out the dance-punk elements in DB’s meaty bass lines, while Pursley’s haunting vocals gel with DB’s high-voltage guitars to amplify each song’s shock beyond what No Men’s volume is otherwise capable of achieving.

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— Leor Galil

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