When: Sat., Oct. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2011
If you can disregard AIDS Wolf's quick swipe at band-name shock value, it's easy to notice their endless mess of noisy, spirited ambition. Since forming in 2003, the self-described "preeminent Formalist/Unknown Wave trio" (aka No Wave contempo trio) has released a prolific catalog of seven-inches, cassettes, EPs, and full-lengths. With the release of the band's first double album, Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde (Lovepump United), the Montrealers have outdone themselves with an offering as supremely decadent as the title foretells. The 21-song opus of screeching noise-punk violently jerks back and forth with rhythms blanketed by dissonant guitar squalls (bleeps and bloops included) and pretends to try and catch up to the beats while purposely lagging behind. AIDS Wolf's change to a trio has tightened the band's focus, if that's possible, while Chloe Lum's maniacal, dirty-distorted vocals continue carrying the chaos into strange and exciting reaches. Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde's a beast of a release, at times tough to endure, but that's what makes AIDS Wolf AIDS Wolf, right? —Kevin Warwick Henry & Hazel Slaughter headline; AIDS Wolf, Satanized, and Heat Death open.