Locrian, House of Low Culture & Mammifer, RM74 | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Locrian, House of Low Culture & Mammifer, RM74 Soundboard

When: Mon., June 13, 9 p.m. 2011

Because Mamiffer's new Mare Decendrii (SIGE) features contributions from members of so many beloved underground metal bands—Melvins, Earth, Circle, Sunn 0))), Wolves in the Throne Room—it's likely that most of the people who listen to it will be weird metalheads. And indeed there's a lot for the beards 'n' bongs set to love in the album's glacial pacing and forays into drone. But the duo at Mamiffer's core—pianist Faith Coloccia and her husband, guitarist and former Isis front man Aaron Turner—is far from a metal band. Despite the layers of guitar distortion, Mamiffer's compositions have more in common with the work of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams than they do with the output of your typical hirsute amp worshippers. "Blanket Made of Ash" is five minutes of masterfully sculpted minimalism that feed directly into "Eating Our Bodies"—which, like the 20-minute "We Speak In the Dark" (their song titles are pretty metal too), sounds like an excerpt from an absolutely terrifying opera. For this show the band will be Coloccia, Turner, and regular collaborator Travis Rommereim; they'll play overlapping sets with Turner's long-running project House of Low Culture, which will consist here of him, Coloccia, and James Plotkin (Khanate, Jodis). —Miles Raymer

Price: $8

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