Shellac, Mono | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Shellac, Mono 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Wed., March 30, 7 p.m. 2016

Shellac hadn’t dropped a new record in seven years before Dude Incredible (Touch and Go) was released in 2014, so I don’t feel too bad that it’s taken me a year and a half to write something about it. On the other hand, the trio of Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer have rarely sounded so great together. The album is as good or better than anything they’ve done previously, revealing concision without surrendering structural ambition, and zeroing in on unexpected themes: “Compliant” is about OCD, and there’s a mini suite of songs about surveyors, born from the understanding that many of our founding fathers were also land surveyors (Albini describes the theme as a “circumstantial” coincidence). As usual, the lyrics offer barbed observations about curiosities the band may have had at any given point in time, but the marriage of tightly coiled, razor-edged riffs and wrecking-ball beats transcends any temporal markers. It’s a ferociously efficient gut punch that feels good any time.

Peter Margasak

Price: sold out

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