"Swami" John Reis & the Blind Shake, Brokeback, Bingers, DJ Tall Pat | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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"Swami" John Reis & the Blind Shake, Brokeback, Bingers, DJ Tall Pat 

When: Sat., Feb. 21, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $14, $12 in advance
It would be impossible to team two magnetic forces of rock ’n’ roll like the “Swami” (aka John Reis) and the Blind Shake and not have the results be pure electricity. On the brand-new Modern Surf Classics (Swami), the tightly wound Minneapolis garage maniacs back up guitarist Reis of the explosive Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, and Drive Like Jehu to crank out 13 tracks of high-strung instrumentals perfect for riding waves. Powered by the outputs of Dick Dale and the Surfaris, the songs take classic vibrato- and saxophone-heavy surf rock and run it through the spazzed-out and frenzied wringer, barely giving listeners a chance to catch their collective breath. Several of the songs even kick off with quirky, “Wipeout”-style spoken-word intros before blasting off into jumpy, sun-bleached boogie. Sure this record is shticky and goofy (how could it not be?), but it’s also beyond fun—and it’s so perfectly executed by this raging, razor-sharp group of musicians that I wouldn’t be surprised if surf becomes the newest full-blown garage-rock trend. —Luca Cimarusti
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