Pop. 1280, E.T. Habit | Joyride Records | In-Stores | Chicago Reader

Pop. 1280, E.T. Habit Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., July 17, 5 p.m. 2010

Local four-piece E.T. Habit includes two former Detroiters—front man Christmas Woods, who also drums in Mickey, and Billy Hafer, the phenomenal drummer for Human Eye—and the band's future-primitive yawp would fit right in with the Motor City's ever-daring millennial art-skronk scene. (The other two members are bassist Jason Sublette, formerly of Ga'an and Mayor Daley, and guitarist Alex Nova.) You get the feeling these guys like hanging out and jamming not so much because they're looking for a creative outlet or a way to work out some stress, but because they want to find their own psychic Solarises—places where reality becomes exactly what's in their minds. Powered by Hafer's monstrous drumming—and by reverb and delay pedals cranked up far enough to skull-fuck the space-time continuum—E.T. Habit's shimmering Hawkwindy space-rock (with song titles like "Mutating Under the Microscope" and "The Drift of Ethereal Dunes") is a welcome new addition to Chicago's underground. It'll be interesting to see how this band evolves. —Brian Costello

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