Melt-Banana, Brain Tentacles, Guzzlemug, Svlphvrvs | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Melt-Banana, Brain Tentacles, Guzzlemug, Svlphvrvs Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sun., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. 2013

It’s been six years since irrepressible Japanese noise-pop-skronkcore band Melt-Banana released a new studio album—Bambi’s Dilemma, which came out in 2007, was their most accessible yet, surprising some fans with its sugary sweetness. In a recent interview with Spin, guitarist Ichirou Agata and vocalist Yasuko “Yako” Onuki said that after the earthquake and nuclear disaster that struck Japan in 2011, they were shaken and demoralized, temporarily abandoning work on what has since become the new Fetch (A-Zap). Maybe for a while there, it was difficult for them to sound as recklessly joyous as they usually do—a typical Melt-Banana record is a virtual vivisection of punk, metal, and pop that displays the writhing, dripping pieces while wearing a huge bubbly smile. Fetch is a dazzling return to form, though, even without a live drummer or longtime bassist Rika Hamamoto—it’s got so much technical wizardry and shrieking pop savvy scrunched sideways and upside-down into its 33 minutes, you’d never guess Melt-Banana had been away. —Monica Kendrick Brain Tentacles (a new duo project featuring Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, who toured as Melt-Banana’s drummer in the early aughts), Guzzlemug, and Svlphvrvs open.

Price: $15

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