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Soft Moon, Unur, Claw Toe Soundboard

When: Thu., July 21, 9:30 p.m. 2011

In the Rush song “Subdivisions,” Geddy Lee proclaims in his Canadian-dungeon-master voice that “the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth.” The same could be said for the restless dreams of middle-aged men like Darius Hurley. Hurley, co­captain of the Criminal IQ label and the local punk scene’s favorite expatriate Englishbloke, moved from Chicago to Batavia with his family a few years back, and the relative tranquility of the Windmill City has given rise to the demented punk weirdness of Claw Toe. Hurley started the band as a home-recording project—he used mostly synths and drum machines, averaging maybe three or four different notes per song—but since then he’s enlisted local three-piece Red Denizen to back up his warped vision with more traditional rock muscle. How warped? On “Geriatric Stalker,” Hurley delivers his lyrics in the cadence of the chorus to T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy,” cranking up the absurdity with each line his antiheroic protagonist speak-sings: “I know what time / You finish up at work / You’re coming on to me now, I can tell / Oh! You little berk.” The silliness is refreshing, but so is the sound—it’s become all too rare to hear a new rock recording that isn’t glazed with a haze of reverb. —Brian Costello

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