When: Wed., Nov. 2, 9 p.m. 2016
As always with Fake Limbs, let’s get the Jesus Lizard comparison out of the way. The veteran foursome of Chicago punk boys are undoubtedly fans of the off-the-rails noise-rock exploits of Yow and friends. No denying it, and no faulting it. In addition the new Matronly, their first full-length for Don Giovanni, spews forth a hook-happy sass blended into an early-2000s jagged-punk flavor (note shades of NYC-based Level Plane Records and Rye Coalition’s early Gern Blandsten catalog). Accented by the manic timbre of front man Stephen Sowley—part pool-hall drunkard, part mad preacher man—a dark mass of hard riffs tumbles in step with the limber (and loud) drums, each tailing off like a bottle rocket on its way back down to earth. On “ICE 2 CU,” one of the record’s best tracks, a chugging floor-tom strut leads the way long enough to get you into the rhythm, but when the floor of the track collapses—sending it into a spiral of delay-loaded guitar and raving vocals—you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, dust off, and find the groove all over again.