Amebix, Victims, .Nema, Tierra de Nadie | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Amebix, Victims, .Nema, Tierra de Nadie Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., May 29, 6 p.m. 2009

The crust-punk scene used to support a well-developed DIY network of bands and squats as well as direct, sustained political action of some consequence, but today it’s not much more than a slightly esoteric way for middle-class kids to rebel. Though pockets of the real-deal, facial-­tattoos-and-all stuff still exist, most current crust bands seem to write about anarchism in the perfunctory way emo kids write about heartbreak. The musical legacy of crust is pretty much intact, however, despite the genre’s present-day association with white kids wearing suspiciously clean dreadlocks and begging for change—and while Crass may have been the chief inspiration guiding crust’s politics and visual aesthetic, London’s AMEBIX probably did more than any other group to define its sound. In the nearly quarter century since their 1985 album Arise!, hundreds of bands have built on the template it established: a metal-punk hybrid with furious D-beat drumming, relentless Lemmy-style bass lines, and buzzing, chugging guitars, all recorded so that the band sounds like it’s playing at the other end of an empty warehouse. Amebix split a couple years after Arise!, but their murky, dystopic grind sounds extra good now that the world’s falling apart again. Two founding members—bassist and front man Rob “the Baron” Miller, who now works as a swordsmith, and his brother, guitarist Stig—are aboard for this reunion tour, joined by new drummer Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Stone Sour, Black President). Though they hail from a small town outside Detroit, .NEMA are among Amebix’s many spiritual descendents—in fact they’re reuniting to play this show. In the late 90s they created their own metal-punk hybrid, which combined death metal and post-Minor Threat hardcore and was just as black at its heart as crust punk. The band broke up shortly before releasing Bring Our Curses Home in 1999, and the album has never reached the audience it deserves. But it’s still a perfect listen for those not-so-tolerant-of-humankind days. Amebix headlines; Victims, .Nema, and Tierra de Nadie open. —Miles Raymer

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