When: Fri., April 13, 10 p.m. 2012
On its first two albums, this local quartet played a kind of Krautrock for the American garage, its stripped-down sound brimming with sleek movement and coruscating tones. Shortly after the band cut their second album, Guider, original drummer Graeme Gibson was replaced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, a master at imposing structure and order on abstract noise. On Pre Language (Kranky), their first recording with him, Disappears have shifted to more concise, conventional, riff-oriented rock—a surprise, since he would've been perfect for their old style. They deliver this new sound briskly, crisply, and elegantly—with a lot more internal activity and cross-cutting guitar parts—and singer Brian Case has adopted a more extroverted, up-front approach that owes a debt to the rhythmic hectoring of the Fall's Mark E. Smith. The old Disappears isn't totally gone: Case and fellow guitarist Jonathan van Herik still occasionally unleash impressive swaths of richly textured noise that hover over the thick grooves of Shelley and bassist Damon Carruesco. But while the band sounds more assured than ever this time out, it also seems much less unique. —Peter Margasak Lotus Plaza and Implodes open.
Price: $14, $12 in advance