Pink Mink, Heavy Times, Golden Birthday Agenda Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Nov. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2011

There's not much flash on Heavy Times' sophomore full-length, Jacker (HoZac)—none of the tracks last more than three minutes, the lyrics often consist of just two or three repeated lines, and the drumming is simple, keeping the band's bare-bones garage punk on time and driving hard. (Full disclosure: the drummer in question is Reader music-­listings wrangler Luca Cimarusti.) With its harsh, lo-fi fuzz, the album sounds like it was recorded inside an empty semi-tractor trailer with a 1986 Radio Shack cassette player—just as it should—but these four dudes shape that noise into one of the most addictively hooky trash-rock albums, local or otherwise, that I've heard this year. Jams like "Future City" and "Skull Hair" roll with catchy, twangy guitar lines, and front man Bo Hansen adds some warmth to the album's desert-dry feel with his sometimes almost lazy, sometimes almost Cobain-y vocals. Jacker (the title comes from a nickname lead guitarist Matt Courtade gave himself) is heavier on rippers than slow grooves, so not only will it provide some nice soundtrack material for any future reboots of Gleaming the Cube or Thrashin', it should also make for one hell of a wild live set. —Kevin Warwick Pink Mink headlines; Heavy Times and Golden Birthday opens.

Price: $8, free with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com

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