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Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

Todays Hits, Thunders, Son of a Gun, the Rubs, Hanging Gardens 

When: Tue., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $5, free with donation of gloves
Garrett Luczak of Chicago band Son of a Gun seems to have figured out how to get around that eternal conundrum “Ars longa, vita brevis.” It’s the same solution arrived at by your Reatards, Dwyers, and Segalls: get your songs recorded on that four-track now, don’t worry whether they’re “finished” just yet, and then find the band to play them. Using this approach, Luczak has been admirably prolific—in just 18 months he’s amassed a Bandcamp treasure trove that includes five EPs, a couple cassette splits, worthwhile covers of the Count Five and Wire, and some other odds and sods. Overall the music provides what people tend to want from garage rock when they’re in the mood for garage rock—something raw and immediate that you can drink shitty beer to—but dig into the inspired maelstrom of frenzied four-chord stomping and well-timed cathartic howling, and you’ll find an upward trajectory to the quality of the songwriting over time. On a self-titled EP from this fall, “Oh Well” is hooky as fuck, and on this month’s Take EP, “Wrong Things” careens and caroms like a beautifully sloppy take on the Saints circa “(I’m) Stranded.” It’s a lovely antidote to the winter blahs, and these guys ought to rule the summertime house-show circuit. —Brian Costello Todays Hits headline; Thunders, Son of a Gun, the Rubs, and the Hanging Gardens open.

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