Greenhornes, Hacienda, White Mystery | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Greenhornes, Hacienda, White Mystery Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., March 25, 9 p.m. 2011

When Cincinnati's Greenhornes released Four Stars (Third Man) in November, it'd been eight years since their previous album; drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence have been busy since '05 playing with Jack White in the Raconteurs. (Lawrence is also in the Dead Weather.) But when your sound is so unapologetically rooted in the past, a long absence won't make it feel dated when you return—good thing, too, because Greenhornes front man Craig Fox doesn't sound much different than he did when the band formed 15 years ago. Unlike many of their garage-rock contemporaries, who combine Neanderthal stomp with punk austerity, the Greenhornes reject low-budget minimalism in favor of explicitly hooky melodies and full-blooded production. The new album's soul-stoked rock numbers ("Better Off Without It") and harpsichord-kissed psych ballads ("Cave Drawings") make for a good game of name-the-influence (candidates include the Kinks, the Yardbirds, and the Easybeats). But the songs are so instantly memorable that I haven't spent much time thinking about their provenance. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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