Swan King, Bridesmaid, Sun Splitter, Oyarsa | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Swan King, Bridesmaid, Sun Splitter, Oyarsa Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. 2012

The Swan King are clearly a metal band at heart: their songs are loud, punchy, and heavy; they share bills almost exclusively with metal bands; and their LP Eyes Like Knives came out last year on Seventh Rule, which has also released music by heavyweights Indian, Sweet Cobra, and Batillus. But one spin of Knives and it's obvious that there's more going on in these dudes' heads than just metal. Drummer Zafar Musharraf and former Planes Mistaken for Stars bassist Jamie Drier give their rhythms the grimy push and swing of the Jesus Lizard, and guitarist Dallas Thomas has a throaty yell reminiscent of Rick Froberg. The Swan King's heavy-handed blend of punk and metal is both brutal and catchy, and it's even better live—you wouldn't expect a band that sounds like this to shy away from turning up and hitting hard onstage, and these guys don't. —Luca Cimarusti Bridesmaid, Sun Splitter, and Oyarsa open.

Price: $8, free with RSVP at rsvp@emptybottle.com

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