When: Sat., Nov. 17, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Like the sarcastically glammy sludge rockers who came before them—the Melvins, Big Business, Torche—the Ontario duo of Brandyn James Aikins and Daniel Brandon Allen ham it up, slinging thick, turbocharged classic-rock riffs and vocals that nod to the theatricality of Viking metal. Indian Handcrafts' debut full-length, Civil Disobedience for Losers (Sargent House), snarls like a circus lion that's made up its mind to maul the ringmaster—it's all ostentatious three-ring fun until someone gets torn limb from limb. This is obvious from the first track, the raging riff spectacular "Bruce Lee," which opens with the poignant ringing of a gong. Or maybe it's obvious even earlier: the album's cover art involves a winged mid-80s conversion van, dream catcher mounted on its grille, broken down and ravaged on the moon or Mercury or it doesn't even matter. With the aid of Allen's devastating guitar wizardry (check out "Starcraft," please), Indian Handcrafts have produced an album of jams for the ephedrine-wired renegade truck driver in cut-off denim and a Fu Manchu who lives inside all of us. —Kevin Warwick Red Fang headlines; Black Tusk and Indian Handcrafts open.