Killdozer | Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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Killdozer's 13-year output includes well-chosen covers ("I'm Not Lisa," "I Am, I Said"), concept records (1994's wonderful Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat), and a 1986 tribute to Burl Ives that hit the stores years before its namesake was in the grave. The Madison group's trademark is smart, ironic lyrics that deal in rural horror, pop culture, and leftist politics; they're delivered by Michael Gerald's Satchmo-esque voice over a swirling background of throbbing rhythm and screeching guitars. Killdozer's live shows, which are of the Jesus Lizard school, have gotten more intense over the years--one Empty Bottle show last year turned into a kielbasa-and-sauerkraut fight between band and audience. But last year's record God Hears the Pleas of the Innocent will be the group's last. Gerald, the group's mastermind, singer, and the only remaining original member, is calling it quits. Band logistics became difficult after he moved to Chicago six years ago, and unfortunately the group's mix of white-trash punk and leftist sophistication has made it the darling of the few rather than the many. Saturday, 10 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.


Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of Killdozer by Eydie Wahlberg.

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