Chris Brokaw, Agathe Max | Heaven Gallery | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Chris Brokaw, Agathe Max Recommended All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 13, 10 p.m. 2008

Best known for his work in Come, Pullman, and Consonant, Chris Brokaw has long been a sort of anti-guitar hero. (That is, when he’s not drumming in bands like Codeine or the New Year.) Though he’s a superb player, he never grandstands—he favors a restrained, holistic approach that puts the song first. Half of his forthcoming solo guitar record, Canaris (Capitan), is acoustic, even the cover of “Drink the Poetry of Celtic Disciple” by French black metallers Vlad Tepes; throughout its gorgeous 13 minutes, he slaloms from simple fingerpicking to monolithic strumming, creating a near-cinematic narrative more nuanced and expressive than anything I’ve ever heard a metal band do. For the title tune, on the other hand, Brokaw is obviously plugged in—it’s all undulating, buzzing feedback—but even though the track lasts more than 17 minutes, its seething flow is governed by such strong compositional logic that it never drags. —Peter Margasak

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