Joan of Arc, Implodes, Running | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Joan of Arc, Implodes, Running 17+ Early Warnings (Music)

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
Running's brand of noise punk is terrifying: dark, drenched in distortion and reverb, and stampeding at breakneck speeds. The bass is beyond dirty, the drums are big, loose, and erratic, and the buried vocals are mean and creepy. On their self-titled LP, out on the local label run by Permanent Records, they sound like they're falling apart at the seams, musically and mentally. Running would make a good soundtrack to the apocalypse, if only their songs weren't concerned with life's most trivial problems: the early closing of your favorite convenience store ("Always Open"), the rising price of diapers ("#1 Dad"), and how horrific it is when someone brings kale to a potluck ("Kalehead"). —Luca Cimarusti



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