When: Fri., Oct. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2011
I'm guilty of not paying close attention to what Tim Midgett and Andy Cohen have been up to since the tragic death of Michael Dahlquist ended their old band Silkworm in 2005. That's been a mistake, because Bottomless Pit—the quartet that also features former Seam drummer Chris Manfrin and bassist Brian Orchard—is something special. Last year's beautiful Blood Under the Bridge (Comedy Minus One) echoes the best qualities of Silkworm, including elliptic lyrics that grapple with numbing realities of life's daily grind or the pain and glory of shit beyond our control. Both Midgett and Cohen sing bittersweet melodies that ripple with the same uncertainty that's wrapped around their words. And because the music isn't as bludgeoning as in Silkworm, the vulnerability is even more apparent—the band acknowledges the inherent trouble of navigating a not-so-black-and-white world, not something that normally emerges from the din of a noisy rock band. Yet when Bottomless Pit does bring the heat on songs like "Dixon" (an instrumental a bit reminiscent of Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge") and the Neil Young–ish stomp of "38 Souls," it's clear that the power these guys wield is undiminished. —Peter Margasak Obits headline; Bottomless Pit and Coffin Pricks open.