Lasers and Fast and Shit, Child Bite | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Lasers and Fast and Shit, Child Bite Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., March 25, 9 p.m. 2012

In an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes a couple years back, Child Bite front man Shawn Knight commented that being tethered to a microphone often prevents him from (in my words) going incredibly apeshit. But maybe that's a good thing. Behind a pulpit of synths and electronics, Knight owns his "deranged evangelist preacher" persona, spewing Biafra-esque yelps and dark, stream-of-­consciousness diatribes with such choke-hold intensity that any jury would buy a "the voices told me to do it" defense in a heartbeat. His band, based in Ferndale, Michigan, has a new six-song EP, Monomania (Joyful Noise), that picks up the template Mr. Bungle stamped out decades ago—disjointed arty/weirdo rock with lots of frenetic time signatures—and gives it a fresh beating. "The Nab Munch Is On," to pick a representative number, combines distortion, brutality, and punkitude with enough strands of Barnum & Bailey DNA to generate a bleak, bizarre creepiness that's equal parts Return to Oz and Black Flag. —Kevin Warwick Lasers and Fast and Shit headline.

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