When: Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. 2011
When two members of Lechuguillas, drummer Jason Camacho and guitarist Mike Hart, appeared on Judge Jeanine Pirro, it had to have been the first time daytime television viewers heard a TV judge ask, "What's a noise-rock band?" Local musicians, students, bloggers, and journalists know Lechuguillas as the guys who helped expose them to underground noise and punk—the band moved here from Texas in 2008 and opened the Mopery, an infamous and now defunct DIY space where they lived, performed, and hosted shows. Though their music was often overshadowed by their onstage antics (nary a gig ended with the drum set intact), Lechuguillas recently teamed up with all-things-heavy engineer Sanford Parker at Engine Studios for Insurrection of an Erection (on Hart's own Eat Meat Records), an impressive albeit childishly titled combo of Rapeman's hate-dirge and Lightning Bolt's rhythmic assault. Camacho and bassist Bill Satek relentlessly push, pull, swing, and grind while Hart covers them in shrieks, guttural moans, and guitar squall. Hart told Judge Pirro that noise rock is about "being as loud as we can and screaming a lot," but there's clearly more skill and precision involved here. Tonight's show is the first installment of Harsh, Heavy & Weird, a new series by Neon Marshmallow cocurator Matt Kimmel; it's the band's second to last in town. Their Chicago finale is Sat 10/8 at an unlicensed space that you'll probably be able to find if you're good at the Internet, and after that they leave on tour for Texas, where Hart and Camacho will stay. —Luca Cimarusti Hate Basement headlines; Lechuguillas open and DJ Akhkhazu spins.
Price: $5 suggested donation