When: Sat., Dec. 3, 10 p.m. 2011
At the end of the otherwise fantastic Chicago punk documentary You Weren't There, the viewer is subjected to a seemingly endless parade of old punks, all of whom forsake a golden opportunity to tie what they were doing to the vibrancy of the city's current rock underground so they can take cheap potshots at easy targets like malls, suburbia, Hot Topic, and Green Day. This is especially unfortunate, because Chicago's music community—way down beneath the shiny-eyelinered Pete Wentz veneer the monoculture sees—is a broad, constantly evolving continuum where musicians have the resources and initiative to keep playing with different people and starting new bands. Hence Coffin Pricks, an incendiary postpunk combo comprised of stalwarts who've been in heaps of other groups over the years, most of them local—the four-piece includes front man Chris Thomson (Circus Lupus, Red Eyed Legends), guitarist Ryan Weinstein (Cavity, Maximum Wage), and drummer Jeff Rice (Daylight Robbery). In tracks like "Group Home Haircut" and "Right Kind of Loot," they find an intense middle ground between Mission of Burma and the Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and as "Cielo Drive" makes especially clear, they're filtering the resulting sound through the lens of the 90s Touch and Go catalog—Thomson barks his vocals with atonal elan as the vibrantly pulsating rhythm section drags the jagged stop-start guitar pell-mell through the songs. Coffin Pricks have a release coming on Chicago label Stationary (Heart) Records, and they're definitely a band to watch as we head into (holy shit!) 2012. —Brian Costello Eleventh Dream Day headlines; Coffin Pricks and the Cairo Gang open.