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When: Sat., July 4, 2 p.m. 2015

Broken Water The rolling fog of reverb, scuzz, and apathy that hangs over the simple, clear-cut rhythms of Broken Water’s new Wrought (Night-People) suggests that the Olympia trio remain partial to the cryptic mystique of shoegaze. No shock there. But though wrapped snugly within its own cozy noise, the album is also up-front with its punk attack. The opener, “High-Lo,” shifts between verses of poppy straightforward guitar lines coated with the gentle vocals of drummer Kanako Pooknyw to heavy breakdowns led by gnarled licks that cut through like hacksaws more than knives. And when guitarist Jon Hanna is handed the mike—like on the following “Wasted”—he turns up his vitriolic and gravelly snarl enough to practically pierce his own ear with a safety pin. Even on a drone-heavy postpunk track like “Choice”—in which the guitar and vocals sound like they’re purposely gliding away from one another—Pooknyw makes her message loud and clear: halfway through the track she says in a stern, matter-of-fact voice, “We will find ways to terminate unwanted pregnancies even if your laws try to stop us.” Just prior to the song’s bursting into a hailstorm of guitar noise and feedback. —Kevin Warwick Broken Water also play at the Owl on Sun 7/5.

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