Making Ghosts, Scientist, Rollo Tomasi, Pale Horseman | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Making Ghosts, Scientist, Rollo Tomasi, Pale Horseman 

When: Fri., Dec. 27, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Chicago four-piece Making Ghosts aren’t putting up a front. “We make noise rock,” they declare on their Facebook page, and their logo incorporates what looks like a diagram of the wiring inside a Big Muff—the almighty, burly fuzz pedal immortalized in the title of Mudhoney’s first EP. These dudes drop cinder blocks of chugging, evil guitar noise atop stomping, swinging drum rhythms that lean hard on the crash cymbals. The first half of their only release so far, the 2011 EP 001, contains the highest concentrations of metal-inflected heaviness—the later songs dip into more experimental postrock territory, with wan clean vocals instead of red-eyed screaming. Track two, “The Burying Ground,” is the most fully realized firing squad of sound, its dirty vocals backed by a devastatingly straightforward instrumental punch. But the whole EP is loud, and a buck buys you a pair of earplugs at the bar. —Kevin Warwick Scientist, Rollo Tomasi, and Pale Horseman open.

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