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When: Wed., Nov. 30, 9 p.m. 2016

For a band with just a handful of digital and cassette releases, Toronto postpunk foursome Frigs (formerly Dirty Frigs) have already set quite the solemn mood with June’s Slush EP (Arts & Crafts) and the new “Chest” b/w “Trashyard.” On both releases—the latter a seething, dirge-heavy affair—sparse guitar riffs stab at steady, sometimes motorik-like rhythms while Bria Salmela’s smoky vocals pour over and dampen it all. And even though low-swelling, delay-drenched feedback lurks in the recesses of lulling tracks like “Diana” and “God Hates a Coward,” from the aforementioned EP, a single like “Ringworm” shows just how adept the band is at writing a dark and melodic two-minute punk song. When Salmela is given free rein and plenty of room to writhe around in that Frigs—who are very much on the come-up—feel at their most potent and lethal.

Kevin Warwick

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