King Sparrow, Goes Cube, Last Chivalrist | Underground Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

King Sparrow, Goes Cube, Last Chivalrist Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., May 30, 8 p.m. 2009

Brooklyn trio Goes Cube just released their first full-length, Another Day Has Passed (The End), after a few years of road doggin’ and three EPs, but they’ve also just lost founding bassist Matthew Frey—according to a touching valediction from his bandmates on the Goes Cube MySpace blog, he’d never much cared about “breaking out” and just wasn’t feeling the full-time commitment anymore. You can’t hear any of Frey’s second thoughts on the album, though: Another Day is a stunning eruption of proggy punk metal, combining the anthemic melodies and tight post­hardcore song structures of Torche with the restrained mathiness and fathoms-deep textures of Isis. Furiously aggressive yet scarily nimble, it’s the sound of skinny tech geeks savoring the sweet justice of kicking sand in the jocks’ faces, over and over—and you don’t get the feeling it’ll stop being fun for these guys when somebody loses an eye. The down-tuned guitar and overdriven bass give the music a bowel-shaking gravitas, but there’s also a lightness and wit that surfaces from time to time—“Restore” is downright playful, at least considered next to the rest of the record. This tour is Goes Cube’s first with new bassist Matt Tyson, and I hope he doesn’t need his bandmates to cut him any slack—I don’t hear much room for any. King Sparrow headlines; Goes Cube and the Last Chivalrist open. —Monica Kendrick

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