Friday, August 20, 2010

Flavorpill on Tomorrow's Show

From Flavorpill

MUSIC: Punk/Metal
A Frames
when: Saturday Aug 21 (10pm)
where: The Empty Bottle (1035 N Western Ave, 773.276.3600) map
price: $8

Smart money would have bet against an A Frames tour even happening: the Seattle trio has been largely inactive for the last five years, following original drummer Lars Finberg's departure to the Intelligence; and other members have more recently focused on their AFCGT project. The long shot won, thankfully, and even if they are touring behind an odds-and-sods collection, 333, rather than new material, their back catalog of ultra-mechanical robo-rock still sounds way ahead of the curve. (2005's Black Forest enjoyed Sub Pop distro, but the band's deserved rank — no hyperbole, one of the decade's finest art-punk bands — eludes them.) Try early marvels like "Hostage Crisis" or "Surveillance" (2000), which despite traces of Wire and the Urinals, sound wholly singular. - Stephen Gossett