40 Watt Sun, Clad In Darkness, Austaras | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

40 Watt Sun, Clad In Darkness, Austaras All Ages Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., Sept. 24, 6 p.m. 2011

English doom trio Warning came to something of a premature end in 2009. Their 2006 album Watching From a Distance—though hailed as a masterpiece, with Pat Walker's songwriting and soulful voice giving poignant, emotional lyrics pride of place in a way that's rare in music this heavy—also turned out to be their last. But his new band, 40 Watt Sun, recently released their debut, The Inside Room (Metal Blade/Cyclone Empire), and they carry on the work eloquently. Drummer Christian Leitch and bassist William Spong bolster Walker's guitar firmly and fiercely, and each of the album's five long tracks charts a gradual unraveling of inhibition and corresponding buildup of elegiac emotion. If Walker's heart-on-sleeve vocal performance gets to be a little much (it does sometimes carry a whiff of mopey indie rock), the dense mesh of oceanic rising-and-falling riffery provides a safe haven to retreat into. But The Inside Room is still exactly where doom fans should go when they need a good cathartic cry—don't worry, it happens to the best of us. —Monica Kendrick Clad in Darkness and Austaras open.

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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