Red Eyed Legends, Headache City, Mountain High, DJ Damon Locks | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Red Eyed Legends, Headache City, Mountain High, DJ Damon Locks Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. 2008

The phrase “long-awaited” gets trotted out way too often in music writing, and I’m as guilty as anyone. But here’s an example of when it’s actually appropriate: Red Eyed Legends dropped a couple EPs in 2004 but are just now following up with Wake Up, Legend (File 13), their full-length debut. Front man Chris Thomson, who you might recognize from Circus Lupus and the Monorchid, provides the anchor and flag, but his furious word salads and domineering bellow wouldn’t sound nearly so good without the right backing. The players are schooled in greasy garage, and like good chop-shop mechanics they can get the most out of simple tools. So with some thick Farfisa, Kiki Yablon (the Reader’s managing editor, by the way) transforms “Bloody Birds” from a creepy Groovie Goolies hearse into a low-riding goth­mobile; with some rubbery bass, Jason Dummeldinger (replaced since the recording by Ryan Weinstein) turns the beat-up bad-trip Roky Erickson VW bus of “Monsters” into a ghostly drag racer straight out of a Big Daddy Roth cartoon. —Monica Kendrick

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