When: Wed., Feb. 10, 9 p.m. 2016
For its monthly “Stars Align” series, the Whistler matches up artists for a onetime collaborative set. And for its second installment of 2016, two of Chicago’s most proficient purveyors of bad vibes will share the stage: Bongripper guitarist Nick Dellacroce and Rectal Hygienics drummer Omar Gonzalez. In Bongripper, Dellacroce crafts massive, glacial doom metal, a relative far cry from the frenzied, nihilistic noise punk of Rectal Hygienics. The two operate in the experimental electronics realm as well: Dellacroce hammers out dark, fractured beats and drones in Bottomed, and Gonzalez crafts harsh soundscapes in No Dreams and destructive power electronics with Machismo. Tonight’s collaboration will feature synths and beat machines rather than guitars and drums, and it will be mostly improvised. Dellacroce jokes that the team-up will sound like “wind and farts,” but in reality, when considering the output of these two, it’ll without a doubt be pure, harsh, sonic punishment.