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Meat Wave, Melkbelly, Sophagus, Rad Payoff Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Dec. 12, 9 p.m. 2015

When SideOneDummy signed Meat Wave earlier this year it gave me pause. What did a California label best known for harboring some of Warped Tour’s brightest in pop-punk (Gaslight Anthem, anyone?) want with a dark, scuzzy Chicago three-piece that cribbed their name from an Onion headline? The better question might have been, “Who wouldn’t want to ride the Meat Wave wave?” Though there’s a fine coating of postpunk frost on the group’s second album, September’s Delusion Moon, the band furiously rocket through most of the material before hypothermia sets in. Meat Wave’s brash and vital songwriting comes into focus when front man Chris Sutter dispenses combative cries alongside razor-wire guitar licks—and the hooks begin to shoot out at you from all angles. The rhythm section keeps the group’s motor aggressively humming, summoning magnetic tension on the mutant Krautrock of “Sunlight” and subterranean gloom of “Sham King.”

Leor Galil

Price: $10

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