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Ono and Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan collaborate again

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Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan and Onos split
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At Monday's Verma and Herbcraft show at the Burlington, the night kicks off with a special collaborative performance between three of Chicago's best noisemakers: art rock collective Ono, harsh noise duo Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan, and psych guitarist Plastic Crimewave. This is not the first time these guys have shared a stage and sonic space, but it doesn't happen often and should be considered a treat when it does, because the combined force is excellent. The collaboration last went down at the Empty Bottle a few months ago, when they played at the Moonrises record release show, and I was blown away by it.

The best part of this project (formerly billed as Piss Piss Piss Ono Ono Ono) is watching how brilliantly these incredibly different bands blend together. Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan is a drums and theramin project of Nicole Miller and Running drummer Alejandro Morales. Their typical set includes ear-piercing washes of harsh electronic noise paired with simple, caveman percussion. Their sound is a loose, unstructured cacophony, but when paired with the minimalism of Ono, it takes on a much more subdued and deliberate mood. The music they create together plods along, offering the spooky, over-the-top vocals of Ono while their sonic onslaught focuses on mood rather than relentless volume. On top of it all is Crimewave, whose eerie, damaged guitar noodling constantly weaves in and out.

The highlight of their last show was a textured cover of Suicide's "Girl." Miller took the mike with a spot on Alan Vega impression while the other musicians kept it dark and groovy, just like the original. If Monday's set is as great as the last time these noise giants played together, it's not to be missed.

PPPMMM and Ono have also just released a super-limited split seven-inch on mega-busy local label Notes & Bolts. Hopefully a collaborative recording is next.

Luca Cimarusti writes about local music on Thursday.

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