Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Cave | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Cave Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Thu., June 24, 9:30 p.m. 2010

With the Great Indie Hype Machine still pimping insufferable dog shit like LCD Soundsystem, the eternal question of "Who will save rock 'n' roll?" has fallen into the hands of bands like Eddy Current Suppression Ring. On three LPs, most recently this year's Rush to Relax (Goner), and a pile of seven-inches and EPs, these four dudes from Melbourne, Australia, who used to work at a record-pressing plant together, deliver songs filled with invigorating tension and well-timed release. Their taut, trebly postpunk replaces the genre's typical sociocultural hoo-ha with lyrics about ice cream, insufficient funds, girls, and other eternally relevant topics—singer Brendan "Suppression" Huntley sometimes seems to be simply ad-libbing, like an Australian version of Mark E. Smith if he'd lived in a climate conducive to skating rather than despairing belligerence. The instrumental "That's Inside of Me," with its bouncy Minutemen-isms, is the best new jam I've heard in three years, and just in general there's so much energy and urgency in the songs that you can't help but realize what's been missing in the limp twaddle that suggestible MP3 blogs have been passing around like a dose of the clap. The band's homeland hasn't been insensitive to this, either. Their 2008 LP, the flawless Primary Colours—recorded for $1,500, an exorbitant sum for them—won the $30,000 Australian Music Prize that year, beating out Cut Copy and the Presets, and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the ARIA Awards (the Australian Grammys) alongside Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. These are Eddy Current's first Chicago shows, and with headliners Quintron & Miss Pussycat guaranteeing a packed house, it's gonna get real sweaty real quick. Cave opens. Quintron & Miss Pussycat and Eddy Current Suppression Ring also play Friday at the Empty Bottle. —Brian Costello

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