When: Fri., Sept. 2, 10 p.m. 2011
Erik Wunder, the multi-instrumentalist who provides most of the bellicose wall of sound that is experimental black-metal duo Cobalt, needs something to do with himself while vocalist and lyricist Phil McSorley is serving in Iraq. After a stint touring as Jarboe's drummer, he found himself in New York with Jarboe bassist Josh Lozano and guitarist-pianist Scott Edward, with whom he recorded the full-length debut of Man's Gin, last year's Smiling Dogs (Profound Lore). It's not to be mistaken for a metal album, despite its set-jaw grimness—its nine songs are dark and eerie Americana, in the vein of Nick Cave or 16 Horsepower or Jeffrey Lee Pierce, somber and raucous at once and with a fine control of permutation and climax that transmits metal's dramatic power in (mostly) acoustic form. The two-parter "Nuclear Ambition" suggests Wunder could start Armageddon with just a flint and some dry weeds if he had a mind to. —Monica Kendrick Bruce Lamont headlines; Man's Gin, Bitchin' Bajas, and Mystreater open.
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