Iron Lung, Pillage, Broken Prayer | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Iron Lung, Pillage, Broken Prayer 

When: Fri., April 12, 11 p.m. 2013
Price: $8
The split seven-inch—or eight-inch, or five-inch, or even one-inch if you were in Spazz and truly loved tormenting people—was the bread and butter of the typical late-90s/early-aughts powerviolence band. Specializing in 47-second songs not only meant that you could release a piece of misshapen fuchsia-splattered vinyl every two weeks, it also let you cram eight blastbeat-strangled tracks onto a single side. So it could feel like quite an undertaking to release a full-length LP. Reno-born, Seattle-based duo Iron Lung have released about a dozen split so-and-sos in their 14 years, but in this high-turnover genre that’s not as impressive as the fact that they’ve lasted 14 years (and churned out not just one but five 12-inch albums). Last month’s White Glove Test (Prank/Iron Lung) is 18 tracks of pell-mell quick-change power chords, rapid-fire snare thrashing, tough-guy yelling, and sudden hardcore breakdowns that offer a fleeting moment’s chance to catch your breath. The album is precise in its attack—like a firing squad of trigger-happy snipers—and often shifts schizophrenically between four blistering rhythms in a matter of seconds. It’s not full-on fast noise, though: the three consecutive songs called “Brutal Supremacy” are like powerviolence’s answer to a proggy mid-70s concept album. This show starts late because Iron Lung is playing a DIY space earlier tonight—for those of you curious about where, Google is your friend. —Kevin Warwick Pillage and Broken Prayer open.


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