Sandwitches, Bird Talk, Other Minds | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Sandwitches, Bird Talk, Other Minds Soundboard

When: Sun., Feb. 28, 9:30 p.m. 2010

I first encountered San Francisco's Sandwitches on the soundtrack of "Sandwiches," a short video by local filmmaker Zain Curtis. Their tune "Back to the Sea," with its trash-blues proto-girl-group sound, is a perfect accompaniment to Curtis's luridly nasty John Waters homage, which is simultaneously about a trannie, her Craigslist-stalking boyfriend, luncheon meat, and thrill killing. The song comes from the Sandwitches' full-length debut, How to Make Ambient Sadcake (Turn Up), where this all-girl trio—which includes women who've played in buzzed-about groups like Brilliant Colors and the Fresh & Onlys—take sounds dating from the postwar collision of vocal pop with rock 'n' roll and swaddle them in depraved fuzz and gothic reverb. The tunes that come out occupy an impressively broad range, from switchblades-at-the-sock-hop ravers to dreamy rainy-day ballads. Bird Talk and Other Minds open. —Miles Raymer

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