Superheaven, Diamond Youth, Rozwell Kid, Churchkey | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Superheaven, Diamond Youth, Rozwell Kid, Churchkey 

When: Fri., May 22, 5:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $14, $12 in advance
Last year music blog Stuff You Will Hate—which fills its pages with tongue-in-cheek coverage of bands largely popular among the Warped Tour set—decided to test its soothsaying skills and predict the forthcoming rise of “soft grunge,” its term for musicians blending the “Seattle sound” with 90s midwestern emo. At this blip, the forecast appears dead-on—and I hope more groups copping that style take notes from Pennsylvania four-piece Superheaven. Bands that worship at the Temple of the Dog love to act as though 1994 never arrived, but Superheaven play like the entire decade never even happened. Their new sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome (SideOneDummy), shrugs off the burden of living up to grunge greats, and even when the guitars give off a whiff of “Teen Spirit,” Superheaven make the sound their own. They mine emo’s volatile catharsis and sweet melodies to produce clean, precise examples of “soft grunge,” and tracks such as “Leach” and “Gushin’ Blood” move with a heavy somberness while managing to hit all the right euphoric pop notes. —Leor Galil
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