Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears, Very Truly Yours, Computer Perfection | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears, Very Truly Yours, Computer Perfection Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 5, 10 p.m. 2009

Great lyrics can make a pop band. If it weren’t for the dramatic urgency of their story lines, Brooklyn theater rocker Bryan Scary and his backing group, the Shredding Tears, could fairly be accused—despite their skill and energy—of merely filching and pasting together scraps from Queen, the Beatles, various psych and prog rockers, and perhaps the Banana Splits. But the smooth blend of tragedy and whimsy in lines like “Have you ever watched a life / Go spinning down an omnipresent drain? . . . It’s so absurd / Tried to get to heaven on a little bird!” (from last year’s Flight of the Knife) helps tie together the band’s exuberantly excessive pastiches and even makes their occasional eruptions of bombast feel necessary and appropriate. A new EP, Mad Valentines (Simian/Old Flame), is due October 27, and though of course it’s less epic than Scary’s two albums, it’ll tide me over till the next full-on salvo. Very Truly Yours and Computer Perfection open. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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