Friday, February 16, 2007

The Fortieth Day in the Chicago Reader

From The Reader


THE FORTIETH DAY Mark Solotroff and Isidro Reyes, both of local power-electronics outfit Bloodyminded, craft sonic assaults with considerably more detail and variety in this instrumental duo. They use a guitar and a synthesizer to generate sustained, withering blasts of high-pitched noise that are as distinct from one another as spotlights sweeping across the night sky; jackhammer clatter, jet-engine whines, and forlorn keyboard melodies dart in and out of those huge sounds with the grace and impunity of plovers picking a crocodile's teeth. The Fortieth Day have been together for a year and a half, but this is their first concert in front of an audience. Video artist Noise Crush will add computer-generated visuals. Abduction (a duo of former Zelienople guitarist Neil Jendon and synth player Mike Miley) and On & Sylvain Chauveau open. --> 8 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-3616, $5 suggested donation. A --Bill Meyer