Gobble Gobble, Glitter Bones, U.S. English, Rites | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Gobble Gobble, Glitter Bones, U.S. English, Rites Soundboard

When: Wed., April 27, 8 p.m. 2011

Give a hardcore kid a sampler and he'd probably hope to pull off something that sounds like Gobble Gobble, the ecstatic electro-pop project of punk expat Cecil Frena. Frena earned his DIY stripes in Alberta, Canada, with Snic and Gift Eaters, and the spirit of those old groups is alive and well in the hyperactive energy and jittery, fuzzed-out synths of his solo act—not to mention his falsetto vocals, which sound like an ambulance siren. Frena dropped Gobble Gobble's lo-fi debut, Neon Graveyard, in 2009, then released three seven-inches last year whose jubilant songs seemed to leap into the clouds. Live, he incites a dance-floor frenzy with the help of three tutu-wearin' dudes who double as his backing band and stagehands—they provide extra percussive oomph with a homemade drum kit and a couple hockey helmets (played while still on their heads, of course), pitch in on synth and sampler, and use everything from a leaf blower to a giant green tarp to entertain the sweaty crowd. It might not sound like a hardcore show, but the kids can't seem to get enough of it. —Leor Galil

Price: $10, 18+

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