Lasers and Fast and Shit, Pink Avalanche, Fake Limbs, New Diet | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Pink Avalanche

Pink Avalanche

Lasers and Fast and Shit, Pink Avalanche, Fake Limbs, New Diet 

When: Wed., Dec. 11, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10, $8 in advance
There’s comfort to be found in recognizing trustworthy names in a band’s lineup—you know the music’s going to be gratifying, like a mug of hot cocoa. Local postpunk crew Pink Avalanche consists of scene fixtures with long resumés who’ve played in staple Chicago bands former and current, including Atombombpocketknife, Poison Arrows, Tight Phantomz, and Brokeback—not a dud in the bunch. Earlier this year the band dropped its debut full-length, Wraiths (released digitally via Past/Futures Records), which shows off a healthy range: it’s sometimes harsh and distorted (“Strike Gold” is practically an Unsane song), sometimes druggy and morose (the first half of “Unnamed Blood” is reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age, with front man Che Arthur doing his best Josh Homme), and sometimes almost as zany as Les Savy Fav. Wraiths is clearly the work of musicians who’ve played the Empty Bottle stage more times than you’ve slept in your bed—they can pretty much do whatever they want, and odds are they’ll nail it. —Kevin Warwick Lasers and Fast and Shit headline; Pink Avalanche, Fake Limbs, and New Diet open.

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