When: Wed., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 2012
My affinity for postrock blossomed in the late 90s, when I convinced myself I was too tuff to keep listening to teary-eyed emo aficionados like Mineral or the Promise Ring or Elliott. But I needed a replacement—something swooshing and rushing, with excessive crescendos driven by rolling snare drum and overwrought orchestral accents (minus the pained, cracking, out-of-tune vocals, of course). Enter the canon of instrumental postrock bands led by the likes of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who laid the groundwork for current tastemakers such as Russian Circles and the New-England based Caspian. Caspian don't deal in tones quite as dark as most of the aforementioned, but their songs aren't exactly pretty, inspirational epics that would pair nicely with a movie about high school football. Their upcoming full-length, Waking Season (out September 25 on Triple Crown), is expansive, melodic, and often heavy; onstage I expect to see six dudes in plain black T-shirts playing a mood-lit set that ebbs and flows serenely and a little sadly. An early-morning jog in the rain never sounded so good. —Kevin Warwick CSTVT and Ormen Lange open.