Negative Scanner, Son of a Gun, Hollow Mountain, Bingers, Comm to Black | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Nov. 7, 9 p.m. 2014

Chicago’s sprawling garage-rock scene has produced so many reverb-soaked bands that even a dedicated fan will end up yawning at some of them, but every once in a while it spits out something excellently unexpected. Hollow Mountain formed a couple years ago, when bassist and singer Esther Kim (from cutesy garage-pop collective the Lemons) and guitarist Steve Wichelecki (formerly of punk rockers the Catburglars, for whom I played drums) teamed up to celebrate a mutual love of science fiction and Ozzy Osborne. Their initial demos were simple, tightly wound punk, but their brand-new, self-titled EP (out this week on Tall Pat Records) is tense, distinctive proto-metal. Because Hollow Mountain remain punks at heart, the EP sounds almost like a no-frills cross between Black Sabbath and the Ramones. Admittedly there’s not a lot of Sabbath on the surface—Ben Simpson’s drums are more snappy than plodding, the guitar is a little tinny, and Kim’s vocals are sweet and hooky—but the riffs at the roots of these tunes are big, heavy, and evil. No other band in Chicago—or anywhere else—sounds anything like these folks. Tonight’s show is a four-way Tall Pat release party: Negative Scanner and the Bingers have seven-inch EPs too, and Son of a Gun is dropping a full-length album. —Luca Cimarusti

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