When: Tue., Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m. 2011
When Brian and Maryrose Crook started the Renderers in Christchurch, New Zealand, more than 20 years ago, they gravitated to the sounds and themes of country music. But no matter how much twang Maryrose put into her voice and Brian into his guitar, their first album, Trail of Tears (Flying Nun), had a movie-set quality to it—it was charming enough, but you could tell they were trying to be something they weren't. But there's nothing ersatz about their upcoming Rocket to Nothing (Ba Da Bing). Even when they're singing about stuff that didn't happen—at least I'm pretty sure that Maryrose isn't an astral-traveling ghost and Brian has never been an assassin—they invest their tales of dysfunction and horror with absolute conviction. Their sound has also evolved; they still make some American roots moves, but gusts of feedback and corroded electronics now blow through their songs, placing the Renderers in New Zealand's lineage of noisy, entropic rock bands, alongside the Dead C and Pumice (whose Stefan Neville drums on the new record). And when "Shadow" materializes with grim purpose out of a chaotic maelstrom, I think about how the Crooks' hometown has been trying to do the same thing since an earthquake devastated its downtown in February. This is the Renderers' first Chicago show in 13 years. —Bill Meyer Bigcolour headlines; the Renderers and Sore Eros open.
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