When: Sun., June 2, 8 p.m. 2013
Since 2008 Bill Satek has been playing practically every basement, warehouse, and loft in the city with his experimental pop project Mines. Through the years it’s taken on a lot of forms: an electronic solo act, a noisy duo, a four-piece with two drummers, and its current rock-band setup with guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums. Mines were a trio (featuring bassist Andrew Scott Young of Tiger Hatchery, who’s since departed) when they recorded their new debut LP, Just Another Thing That Got Ruined (Lake Paradise), and the songs are surprisingly pretty and lush, especially in light of these guys’ other bands—not just Tiger Hatchery but also outrageously harsh noise-rock band Lechuguillas, where Satek spent years playing bass. Mines have much more in common with the Flaming Lips and My Bloody Valentine than with the abrasive acts they usually share bills with: cloudy layers of guitar and keyboard form dreamy psychedelic soundscapes that float by at laid-back tempos, punctuated with hooky, eccentric vocals. On the new album Satek and company sound like a band that’s touring the national festival circuit, not one that’s been grinding in dank basements for the past five years. Tonight’s show is a release party for Just Another Thing That Got Ruined, which was more than worth the five-year wait. —Luca Cimarusti Old Light and Max Clarke & the Cut Worms open.