DJ Manny, Moth Cock Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Jan. 18, 9 p.m. 2017

This unfortunately named duo from Ohio induces several strains of cognitive dissonance. On many of its releases the group’s two members, Doug Gent and Pat Modugno, are credited, respectively, with clarinet and trumpet, and coupled with their predilection for improvisation, you might think Moth Cock play free jazz. Of course, with such a name, you might also think they traffic in an unholy din of chaotic noise—yet neither of those suppositions is accurate. Each musician’s output is heavily processed by electronic effects, and while there are extended passages where one can hear acoustic instruments, more often than not the gurgling, bloopy attack feels largely synthetic—a day-glo bacchanalia sullied by sudden, thunderous downpours that makes me imagine the Residents essaying the repertoire of Morton Subotnick. On their most recent effort, last March’s split LP with Form a Log that dropped on Chicago imprint Hausu Mountain, Moth Cock are in their most jagged, electronic manifestation yet. Sampled electronic grooves from pop music collide with fractured beats, clarinet squalls, and needling synthesizer lines that feel like nothing so much as a dentist’s drill. The music is undeniably irritating in its claustrophobia, but at the same time its tightly coiled, twitchy sense of provocation is oddly energizing.

Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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