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When: Fri., Sept. 13, 9:30 p.m. 2013

Pensive local pop band Bare Mutants didn’t get much love from Pitchfork for their debut, The Affliction, when it came out last month on In the Red: the Queen Bitch of fartypants music blogs dismissed it as “nothing but cliches.” On the contrary: This album is a heartbreaking motherfucker of sublime despondency. The simple but not simplistic arrangements underscore the matter-of-fact lyrics by former Ponys front man Jered Gummere—they read like a chronicle of the stocktaking and soul-searching you do while spending an afternoon recovering from last night’s epic bender. This directness has been there since the earliest days of the Ponys—you didn’t need a James Joyce scholar with a decoder ring to figure out what “I Wanna Fuck You” meant, and Bare Mutants songs such as “I Suck at Life” and “Crying With Bob” are just as uncryptic. Long gone are Gummere’s Richard Hell/Robert Smith vocalisms, though, replaced by a wiser and more evocative croon that, coupled with the relatively quiet music, heightens the unflinching introspection on display. And The Affliction is just the beginning, as far as what Bare Mutants can do. The band has evolved from Gummere’s home-recording project into a full-fledged, collaborative group, and the unrecorded newer songs reveal an effort to play to the considerable strengths of the other members—veteran musicians such as Jeanine O’ Toole, Seth Bohn, and Matt Holland as well as first-timer Leslie Deckard. —Brian Costello Verma and Vlllage open.

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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