When: Mon., Sept. 7, 7 p.m. 2015
Chicago synth-punk outfit Military Police play their final show tonight, but if this is the first you’ve heard the band’s name you’re not alone. Since front man and founder Mark Plant moved to Chicago from Saint Louis in May 2014, the band’s only played a handful of shows and self-released one five-song EP, the restless, pensive The End of . . . (dropped last August). It’s an extension of the kind of unwashed, pop-savvy postpunk Plant made with Saint Louis’s Times Beach, whose songs are submerged in swaths of toasty shoegaze melodies and pushed forward with gnarly posthardcore swing. He obviously had Times Beach in mind during the week he wrote and recorded The End of . . . , as he worked in even more synths rather than collaborate with others. The aseptic electronics adapt well to the postpunk staples on the EP—which crosses a map of subversive 80s-era UK pop styles, and like those forebears Plant never lets the form override a good hook. But just as soon as he got a full-band version of Military Police going he decided to put it to bed, in part because he’s juggling other musical roles, including playing in the ferocious hardcore group Broken Prayer. The Military Police show comes as Plant also bids good-bye to Times Beach with a gig down in Saint Louis.