Toupee, Pop. 1280, Dim, Gentle Leader | Club Rectum | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Toupee, Pop. 1280, Dim, Gentle Leader Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. 2016

Beginning with their 2010 EP The Grid, Brooklyn’s Pop. 1280 have been smashing together punk, noise rock, and industrial to create their self-designated genre of cyberpunk. Because of an ever-changing lineup that’s shifted with each release, their records and tours have had totally distinct attitudes. I saw the band for the first time shortly after The Grid was released, when they were a synth-heavy, moody postpunk outfit, but when I caught them a couple years later opening for Metz at the Burlington, they’d morphed into a nu-metal-leaning posthardcore quartet complete with shrieking vocals and aggro stage moves that aped Refused—and that kind of instability caused their records to suffer. Often lopsided affairs, they bounced from synth punk driven by drum machines to dissonant noise rock and back again, lacking any direction or cohesion, but the brand-new Paradise (Sacred Bones) finally finds Pop. 1280 settling into a fully realized sound. They’ve fused together their industrial and noisy influences to create a dark, grimy, extremely fun record full of heavy-handed synth playing and dramatic flair—it’s the first of their releases that can hold its own. Tonight’s show takes place at north-side DIY space Club Rectum; you can send an e-mail along to for the address.

Luca Cimarusti

Price: $7 suggested

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