Thank You, Mi Ami | AV-aerie | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Thank You, Mi Ami Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. 2009

In an interview with Plan B last year, Michael Bouyoucas of Baltimore trio Thank You explained the group’s intuitive creative process: “Our mindset is if you want to use an instrument in a song you just buy it—and get to work.” Their second album, last year’s Terrible Two (Thrill Jockey), makes clear that this has its pros and cons. Though the instrumentation—mostly guitar, organ, drums, and chanted vocals—isn’t actually all that idiosyncratic, the band puts it to good use, crafting a visceral, distinctive sound that combines the dissonant blare of no wave, supersketchy pop-song structures, and a kind of faux-tribal clatter and thump that sounds equally inspired by Krautrock and African music; the end product comes off as some kind of post-Providence weirdo grind. The big con of this approach is that the tunes start to sound monochromatic once the novelty wears off—when three players decide to just see where their music leads them, they’ve got to be pretty sharp to avoid drifting back to the same place again and again. Mi Ami opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $8

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