When: Wed., May 18, 7 p.m. 2011
You've seen the documentary (Heavy Metal in Baghdad), you've read the articles, and now you can meet the actual band. After stints in Syria and Turkey, Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda were granted refugee status in the United States in 2009, making them eligible for green cards after one year. (In a 2010 interview with the Village Voice, they complained that the process had been a struggle.) Formed in Baghdad in 2001, the thrash-metal quartet has a remarkable backstory involving explosions, power outages, risk to life and limb, and economic hardship, not to mention the difficulty of keeping a band of refugees together through three countries (kind of makes the usual excuses you get for band entropy look like weak sauce, doesn't it?). Unsurprisingly, Acrassicauda have few official recordings, but last year's four-track EP, Only the Dead See the End of the War (Vice), shows a hungry, ruthless intelligence. It's only natural to read grim determination into anything these guys play, but their rugged, gritty riffs sound like they've plugged their will to survive directly into the soundboard. Acrassicauda also plays twice Thu 5/19: first a free, all-ages in-store at 5 PM at Record Breakers with openers Human Stew and Unlawful Traditions, then a $10 21+ show at 11:30 PM next door at Reggie's Music Joint with openers Pig Champion. The Music Joint concert is free with a wristband from the Septultura show at Reggie's Rock Club that night.