Ne-Hi, Clearance, Dim | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Ne-Hi, Clearance, Dim Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. 2016

On their self-titled debut cassette from last year on local label Pressure Group, local four-piece Dim stir together a thick and beautiful blend of shoegaze, industrial, and space rock. Within the traditional rock-trio format of guitar, bass, and drums they hammer out droney, dreamy tunes, reminiscent of greats like My Bloody Valentine and Ride, complemented by the same kind of spacey alt-rock you’d hear from an outfit like Failure. Sampler layers of heavy electronic beats and swirling synths pair with disenchanted, smeared vocals to create a chilly rift and a dizzying, almost alien take on shoegaze. It’s weird and eerie, but the massive slow-motion jams are so sublimely melodic—and so often crammed into two-and-a-half-minute-long pockets—that the album occasionally borders on pop. Devastatingly heavy and overwhelmingly lush, Dim is by far the best local release of 2015, and it’s exciting to think that the band is just starting to gain momentum.

Luca Cimarusti

Price: $10

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