Mount Carmel, Strychnine, Bionic Cavemen | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mount Carmel, Strychnine, Bionic Cavemen Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Tue., June 19, 9:30 p.m. 2012

This three-piece from Columbus, Ohio, seem to be four decades late to their own party, but that's our gain. Not only does the cover art of their terrific second album, Real Women (Siltbreeze), appropriate the design of a 1972 Topps baseball card, but the music harks back to the heavy boogie-rock of Humble Pie, Mountain, and Montrose. Mount Carmel do away with the ponderous keyboard touches and acoustic balladry that tainted some of those forebears, though—and they write better songs than most of them too. Guitarist and singer Matt Reed, who overdubs his own harmony vocals on the album, has a nasal, soulful voice that at its most feverish reminds me a bit of the MC5's Rob Tyner—and his bass-playing brother Pat and drummer Kevin Shubak shape big, loping, blues-based grooves that Matt roams over with fuzzed-out chords and probing leads. —Peter Margasak Strychnine and Bionic Cavemen open.

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