Good Willsmith, ADT, Potions | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Feb. 19, 9 p.m. 2016

Chicago’s Good Willsmith is having a good year. The improvisational electronic-doom band have received press from AdHoc and NPR in anticipation of their second full-length album, this month’s Things Our Bodies Used to Have (Umor Rex). Despite their modern approach to drone, there’s a lifelike pulse in their music. Sharp synthesizers rustle through the whir like leaves caught in wind, while robotic arpeggios stagger through muddy feedback. As improvisers, Good Willsmith are highly efficient at conjuring the unstable nature of human anguish with the coldness of their electronic instruments. Songs veer from dispassionate to violent in long, troubling minutes. And though their improvised music is already recorded live without overdubs, Good Willsmith shine even more live onstage. The trio operate as a three-headed dragon: Maxwell Allison and Doug Kaplan mix their multi-instrumental powers with the distorted vocal bursts of vocalist-synth player Natalie Chami to create a unified fiery breath. Their acute chemistry leaves you excitedly wondering which waveform they will conjure next. Tonight is the record-release show for Things Our Bodies, which is available in a limited 300-run edition on clear vinyl.

Meagan Fredette

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