830PM // $5 (advance), $7 // 21+
SILENT AGE are among the leading lights of Chicago's tenebrous post-punk scene. Like a projector flickering in the dark, their sound evokes other decades, but the film on the screen is situated in the singular anxiety and isolation of now. The narrative is driven by the words of Patrick Donahoe, a cried and whispered shadowplay to the beat of his hangman's dance, walked in line. Further atmosphere is evoked in transmissions of Vincent Segretario on guitar and the visceral synths of Brian Cundiff who bring a Disintegration-era shimmer as the new dawn fades. The foundation lies at the feet of Benny Hernandez and Julian Cabrera, hardcore veterans whose sense of dark romanticism tempers a primal pulse rooted in punk disorder. New Wave with teeth cut on a deep history in Midwest DIY, SILENT AGE released an acclaimed demo in 2016 on the Mal Viaje label and project a full-length debut LP for Spring 2018.
Dark and jagged LA post-punk band LAS CRUXES play Chicago for their first time. Featuring members of the Mexican indie-rock band PASTILLA, LAS CRUXES create explosive and pummeling thick rock with dangerously piercing guitar riffs, TWO drummers and bass crunchier than a stale chicharron. Hot off their new record, “Ilusiones, Depresiones”, the six-piece powerhouse is taking a few dates in Mexico with legendary UK bands Gang of Four and The Buzzcocks before they rip it up with us.
After spending the better part of a year writing and recording their next release, post-punks DEAD HUMMINGBIRD has much planned for the remainder of 2018 with a full LP reflecting a sonic departure from previous material. Initially a noisy hardcore quartet, the band has been more frequently pushing out chorus-drenched and gothy material each year. Blending industrial and shimmering cold synth-tones, DEAD HUMMINGBIRD aims to cement their place in the post-punk genre with fierce intention.