Canadian Rifle, Deep Heat, Daylight Robbery, Population | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Canadian Rifle, Deep Heat, Daylight Robbery, Population Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Aug. 30, 9:30 p.m. 2012

It's gotten to where I search punk bands' Facebook pages for mentions of Australian hometowns. Hub cities such as Melbourne and Sydney have been exporting such impressive quantities of backwoods weirdness these past few years—the dark postpunk of Total Control and My Disco, the skronked-out garage rock of the R.I.P. Society label roster—that now I want to catch new arrivals before the rest of the States gobbles 'em up. Unsigned Melbourne four-piece Deep Heat have a sound that falls somewhere between the two aforementioned examples, with thick and jangly punk guitar similar to the Wipers and Hot Snakes (check out "Green Box" for sure) and some of the angsty ardor of mid- to late-90s emocore. Their supremely solid debut, a self-released eight-song EP called Low Lights (downloadable free on Bandcamp), benefits from traded-off lead vocals, almost like Black Lips, and from whatever magic juice has been dumped in the drinking water down under. —Kevin Warwick Canadian Rifle headlines; Deep Heat, Daylight Robbery, and Population open.

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