Tyler Jon Tyler, Maximum Wage, Squish | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Tyler Jon Tyler, Maximum Wage, Squish Soundboard

When: Thu., Nov. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2010

Squish's glorious caterwauling collision of garage pop and art-punk is equal parts Urinals, Teddy & the Frat Girls, the Raincoats, and the Stains, charged with the wonderful je ne sais quois of learning to play as you go. This all-lady local four-piece cut its six-song demo with Mark McKenzie, aka Mac Blackout (Daily Void, Mickey), and though he's clearly infected the recording with his eccentricities—like the bursts of keyboard skronk in just the right places—nobody can simply twiddle knobs to get the atonal soul-shriek that lead singer Weird Alison brings to "Meeting in the Ladies Room." Over and over she howls, "Got a meeting in the ladies' room / I'll be back real soon" (lines from the Klymaxx song of the same name), and then on the chorus she repeats, "Don't slap me! / I'm not in the mood." The songs—including a cover of Agony Bag's 1979 joke-punk classic "Rabies Is a Killer"—lurch and bounce like a feral child wearing diapers for the first time. I love music like this more than anything. Tyler Jon Tyler headline, and this show is a release party for their self-titled debut LP, on new local label Slow Fizz; Maximum Wage and Squish open. —Brian Costello

Price: $8 or free with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com

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