Thank You | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Thank You Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Tue., Feb. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Baltimore's Thank You have built a discography filled with raw, primitive tunes, so the joyful ebullience overflowing from the new Golden Worry (Thrill Jockey) comes as a pleasant surprise. A 30-minute blast of amped-up tribal thrum, it trips gleefully from postpunk mayhem to hypnotic quasi-African riffs and rhythms. The trio of Michael Bouyoucas, Jeffrey McGrath, and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (all credited with "everything") builds its songs around wide-open, roiling grooves—usually with drum patterns played mostly on tom-toms. On Golden Worry , they've learned how to vary the foreground action with minimal means: brittle single-string guitar frenzies, rudimentary organ lines, hypertense chord strumming, and dissipated vocal chants. Most of those elements have become ubiquitous in indie rock over the past few years, cropping up in the the work of everyone from fellow B-More band Animal Collective to Brooklyn art-pop act Yeasayer. But by situating them within a delightfully crushing cacophony, Thank You have brought some new life to an increasingly homogenized sound. —Peter Margasak

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