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Today Is the Day, Lazer/Wulf, Czar 

When: Thu., May 21, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $12, $10 in advance
I’ll be honest, I’ve been ignoring Lazer/Wulf for a pretty dumb reason: based on their name, I’d pegged them as the kind of irritating yahoos who wear ironic gimme caps and get tattoos of pizza. But if their old promo photos are anything to go by, they’re more likely to wrap their heads in packing tape. These Georgia goofballs—Sean Peiffer, Bryan Aiken, and Brad Rice, who credit themselves with “lead bass,” “lead guitar,” and “lead drums,” respectively—play knotty, intricate prog metal that’s about as far from party-time nonsense as it’s possible to get without leaving rock ’n’ roll entirely. Needless to say, I like it. Lazer/Wulf’s most recent album, The Beast of Left and Right (out last summer via Retro Futurist), displays such casually gymnastic virtuosity that if it were played strictly on expensive acoustic instruments older than your grandparents, you might listen to it sitting on a blanket in a park with a bottle of wine—that is, if it weren’t for the music’s taut, hurtling momentum, etched-glass electronic distortion, volleys of double kick drum, and occasional cryptic, faraway vocals. The band supposedly wrote the album as a palindrome, but its two halves don’t map onto each other precisely. The symmetry is more abstract: the first and last tracks, for instance, share certain chords, riffs, and drum patterns, but one is major and the other minor, and the first is more than twice as long. As with most labyrinths, where you start and which direction you go don’t have much effect on the experience. —Philip Montoro



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