Future Islands, Dope Body, Talk Normal | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Future Islands, Dope Body, Talk Normal Recommended 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. 2012

On the recent second album from Brooklyn duo Talk Normal, Sunshine (Joyful Noise), the primal throb of vintage New York no wave collides with often plaintive, demonstrative lyrics and singing—creating an entrancing kind of cognitive dissonance. Drummer Andrya Ambro and guitarist Sarah Register operate with a numbing, slate-gray palette; their music has an almost tribal grind and industrial thrum, and their guitar work harks back to early Sonic Youth and Live Skull. But it's their peculiar singing that stands out the most. A tightly calibrated dance of call-and-response vocals, unison chanting, and full-bore melodic wailing, it creates a neat contrast with the abrasive instrumental fury—as does the content of the lyrics, which tackle romantic anguish and existential confusion with real vulnerability. —Peter Margasak Future Islands headline; Dope Body and Talk Normal open.

Price: $15

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