When: Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. 2014
In June, Thrill Jockey announced its signing of local thrash unit Oozing Wound, and given the amount of attention paid to the group—and the number of 2013 year-end lists its debut LP, Retrash, wound up on—it’s been easy to forget that Wound bassist Kevin Cribbin has another band, Unmanned Ship. Since 2005 this three-piece has been grinding in basements, dive bars, and warehouse spaces, its grimy, groovy wall of sound—mostly a blend of psychedelic space rock, jumpy noise, and stoner metal—anchored and driven by Cribbin’s dexterous bass. After years of self-releasing cassettes of rehearsal-space demos, the band booked Electrical Audio in 2012 to record their first LP, For Whom the Bowl Tolls, which came out on Rotted Tooth Recordings. Influenced as much by Lightning Bolt as it is Kyuss, it’s a weird, heavy, hypnotic album, indebted to a creative process that surely involves the smoking of many jazz cigarettes. Unmanned Ship haven’t slowed down since day one, and they take their avant-caveman rock to so many venues so frequently that there’s a good chance they’re playing a show as you read this. Tonight’s set is part of the Five Levels of the Experience: Chicago Psych Fest V, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Hideout and involves 15 bands. Unmanned Ship’s set will undoubtedly be the fest’s loudest and scariest. —Luca Cimarusti Variety Lights headline; The Velcro Lewis Group, Unmanned Ship, OnYou, and Red Deer Cave People open.
Price: $10, $25 for three-day pass