Native, Mans, Brighter Arrows, Nightshift | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Native, Mans, Brighter Arrows, Nightshift 

When: Sat., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Trend pieces about punk scenes usually focus on the bands and neglect the community of fans, artists, bookers, and other supporters who help a scene stay healthy long enough to inspire trend pieces in the first place—the people who use their funky-smelling basements to host shows for a couple dozen strangers, for instance, or the people who make and hang the flyers for those shows, or the kids who go to every one and snatch up demo tapes like sacred relics. Also missing in most cases are the groups whose existence is so ephemeral that people outside the scene rarely get a chance to learn about them—goofy collaborations that somehow came to fruition but never recorded, or one-off projects with musicians who play in too many other bands to commit. Partly local three-piece screamo outfit Mans are more the latter; they’ve broken up and gotten back together several times since forming in 2007, and they’ve released just three arty and confounding tracks. They dropped two of them in August on a killer cassette called Tape 2013 (on local label Kid Sister Everything); “Scratchy” uses a scissoring guitar line that erupts into blistering hardcore, and “This Is My Prime Time” strips away much of the band’s usual harshness and cuts back on the caterwauling, arriving at an endearing, pop-leaning sound that’s about as sweet as a tune inspired by 90s screamo can get. Bassist-singer Colby James says Mans are more or less active again, but considering that he lives in Austin, this might be your only chance to see them for the next several months. —Leor Galil Native headlines; Mans, Brighter Arrows, and Nightshift open.


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