Grandkids, Hecks, Homme, Seth Engel | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. 2016

Chicago-via-Urbana band Grandkids make complex, curvaceous rock songs with a masterful grip. On the new This Guitars (Heirship Records) they lay down gnarly melodic curveballs and instrumental switcheroos with the finesse of a convertible humming around the side-winding roads that hug California mountain ranges. You can feel the friction when blastbeats burst forth like gusts of wind during the largely downtempo and gentle single “Seamripper.” The four members of Grandkids are talented, no doubt, but also unpretentious about their work. This Guitars is the result of a lot of hard labor, but the band wisely refrains from making a big deal about how tricky it was to put the whole machine together.

Leor Galil

Price: $8

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