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Silk Flowers, Halflings, Anatomy of Habit 

When: Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. 2009
Price: $5
Silk Flowers are the last band you’d expect to rise from the ruins of the delightful Soiled Mattress & the Springs. Soiled Mattress sounded like renegades from a high school’s concert jazz band, like they could nose-dive into a rickety bit of Brubeck at any second. But though Silk Flowers share two-thirds of their lineup with that trio—vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Avi Cohen and keyboardist Peter Schuette—their self-titled debut for Post Present Medium is a self-consciously twerpy riff on Joy Division. Cohen sings in a voice so unnaturally low and flat it’d be annoying if it weren’t so funny; his faux Ian Curtis sounds like a kid trying to imitate his dad. The band’s minimalist and kinda fardled synthetic pop has two moods: one is at the upbeat end of plodding and the other is “goth party rock,” assuming such a thing exists. It’s a strange mess, and that’s what makes it winning and special—if you want your goth disco served straight up, go see Interpol. Silk Flowers also play a free in-store at 1 PM at Golden Age, 1744 W. 18th. —Jessica Hopper


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