Disappears, Brain Idea, Tyler Jon Tyler | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Disappears, Brain Idea, Tyler Jon Tyler Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Feb. 4, 10 p.m. 2011

Last year Jonathan Van Herik of Disappears discussed the austerity of his guitar parts with the Reader's Miles Raymer: "Every month it dawns on me that I could be playing even less," he said. On their new LP, Guider (Kranky), the Chicago quartet begin with the hyperminimalism of their 2010 debut, Lux, and pare down the songs still further, reducing garage rock to a lacerating, reverberating buzz. The band's fierce, almost metronomic rhythms inevitably attract Krautrock comparisons, but Disappears make almost no other references to the idiom. Whether a song is concise enough for the radio or stretches an epic 16 minutes ("Revisiting"), they tear into it with equal gusto and focus: coruscating, vibrato-laden guitars chug, bob, and loop while front man Brian Case repeats lyrics that sound like Zen koans, his affect alternating between hectoring drill sergeant and bored junkie. Disappears drummer and recording engineer Graeme Gibson moved to Portland after the Guider sessions last fall; for the foreseeable future Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth will fill in at shows. Brain Idea and Tyler Jon Tyler open

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