The First Annual Infestational: In School, American Hate, Uranium Club, Big Bleach, the Bug, Bugg, Crude Humor, Negative Scanner, Baghead, Lemonade, Pryuss, Tigress, Chew, Porno Glows, Black Hole Youth | ChiTown Futbol | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

The First Annual Infestational: In School, American Hate, Uranium Club, Big Bleach, the Bug, Bugg, Crude Humor, Negative Scanner, Baghead, Lemonade, Pryuss, Tigress, Chew, Porno Glows, Black Hole Youth All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. 2016

In the September issue of Maximum Rocknroll distro coordinator Eli Wald recalls the first time he caught Chicago hardcore misfits the Bug, calling it “one of the best hardcore shows I’ve seen in years.” It’s no stretch to say that the rest of the MRR folks agree. The cover of that month’s issue features a live photo of the Bug and front man Ralph Rivera—who’s also head honcho of Not Normal Tapes and an MRR contributor—and gives props to the group’s recent Room 44 Sessions cassette (out on Not Normal), which transposes their turbulent, nervy live energy. Frazzled guitars screech like a rat caught in a glue trap, bass and drums pointedly deliver each rapid-fire note and beat in a fog of feedback, and Rivera bellows and bleats like there’s a hairball caught in the back of his throat that he’s desperately trying to get out. The Bug know how to articulate fury through music, even if you have trouble hearing Rivera’s words—though that’s less of a challenge on the distended Krautrock freakout “I Don’t Like Any of You.” Fortunately the band not only included handwritten lyrics for these tracks, but also their respective inspirations; the cascading assault of “Late Lunch Sogged With Grease,” for example, is said to be a response to the loss of black lives at the hands of white supremacy. I imagine the Bug and other bands playing the Infestational—aka Not Normal’s inaugural underground punk gathering—will take the opportunity to call out our country’s ills.

Leor Galil

Price: $15-$25 sliding scale

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