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Stage shtick might not seem like a dangerous thing to take too far, but the members of Luftwaffe have without a doubt passed the point of no return. J1 Statik and B9 Invid are a self-styled two-man nihilist militia, adhering to the credo "Solipsist before all else." They live in a world where, according to the printed "lyrisch" for "Ideoscape in Pluroform," "The Monarch, God, and Empire are fictions generated by the plurarch" (the band's term for an all-encompassing evil akin to a conspiracy theorist's "They," which can only be defeated by a "fascist renaissance"). Luftwaffe have an unfortunate penchant for Latin incantations and stilted language--"he compacts the soma he amputates the psyche"--but you can't fault their follow-through. In the late 90s they tracked down notorious fascist, satanist, and all-around misanthrope Boyd Rice (aka noise artist Non) to contribute vocals to a few tracks, and in 2000 collaborated with him for a live show; their self-released discs are solid black front and back, and the latest, The Trepan of the Clock, comes with a zine devoted to nihilist and solipsist philosophy. Most impressive, they stick to their dress code not just onstage but on the street: close-cropped bleached hair, crisp black shirts buttoned to the collar, iron crosses on leather cords, jodhpurs, and combat boots. Unsurprisingly, Luftwaffe are fond of dark, primitive industrial beats and shrill, metallic vocal effects, but not every song has the same feel; they experiment with genres and sometimes incorporate downright gentle sounds. "Kronostory" is a Celtic jig with acoustic guitar and violin, and "Onward!" opens with a sample of tribal chanting and segues into meandering, deeply reverbed trumpet over a loose bongo-and-tambourine groove. It doesn't seem like they've got a lot of technology at their fingertips--all their recordings are extremely lo-fi, and it's easy to hear clumsy gaps or collisions in the looped or overlapping layers. But these mistakes and limitations, combined with their unforgiving fascist image, just make Luftwaffe seem oddly charming. If they're frightening at all, it's because they're so committed to such a jumbled and ridiculously negative ideology: whatever it is they're trying to say, they really, really mean it. In over four years Luftwaffe have played only eight shows, most in B9 Invid's former home state of Missouri; this is their third in Chicago, where both members now live. Sunday, July 14, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

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