This Rhode Island quartet borrows here and there from the best of the old synth bands, taking the playful pop of Kraftwerk and the edgy darkness of Chrome and adding funky bass lines and a raw, searing guitar. But 6FS seem to take the most pleasure in playing with cool sounds, using a massive collection of samples, loops, and electronic gadgets to both irritate and seduce. Like 1995's Severe Exposure, the upcoming Sub Pop release Paranormalized alternates between angry punk, pounding keyboard rock, and slow and funky synth--often within the same song. Live they look like a cross between the two groups of guys you tried to avoid in high school--the geeks who knew everything and the ass-kicking stoners. Recent shows had singer J. Ryan mauling a strap-on guitar synthesizer with a sullen, don't-fuck-with-me look on his face while his mates pounded their instruments like out-of-control robots. Thursday, 10 PM, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Peter Goldberg.