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Urinals, Le Tour, Skip Church Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., May 26, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $8
Minimalist punk trio the Urinals came together in Los Angeles in 1978 as college kids who could barely play their instruments, but together they possessed the uncanny ability to twist a fractured, high-strung, two-chord jangle into a totally fresh sound. Today the band’s influence is heard all over—heavily in the spooky strumming of Lee Ranaldo and the pushy restraint of No Age—but decades ago no one aped the Urinals more than San Pedro legends Minutemen, who came out of the gate in 1980 wearing their love for the band on their flannel sleeves, even covering the furious cut “Ack Ack Ack” on two of their records. The Urinals eventually tired of the minimal approach and in 1981 changed their name to 100 Flowers and began cramming their dense new records with all sorts of twists and turns. They called it a day in ’83, but punk bands don’t stay dead, and the Urinals returned in ’96; their latest LP, Next Year at Marienbad (Happy Squid Records), came out in 2014. While most reunited punk bands reaching for former glory end up causing more cringes than spontaneous feelings of joy, these guys successfully recapture the spirit of what made them great in the 70s.
— Luca Cimarusti
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