When: Tue., Feb. 7, 5 p.m. 2012
It was a pretty good 2011 for Nic Warnock and R.I.P Society Records. The upstart Sydney-based garage label not only dropped a truly great LP of lo-fi power-poppy trash from Royal Headache, but several of its artists—including Royal Headache, Dead Farmers, Kitchen's Floor, and Warnock's own band Bed Wettin' Bad Boys—toured the States to help spread the gospel of the burgeoning Aussie underground. And this year is starting off just as strong: quirky Melbourne trio Woollen Kits, who recently released their self-titled debut, are traveling the country sharing their bare-bones mix of Beat Happening indie rock and Modern Lovers protopunk. Though guitarist Thomas Hardisty does most of the singing, in a baritone that sounds an awful lot like Calvin Johnson's, sometimes the band changes its tune from bummed, deadpan love songs to poppier, sneering love songs, for which drummer Tom Ridgewell takes over on the mike—he fronts the standout "Out of Whack," for instance. The band wasn't so democratic about vocals on previous EPs, and the change serves it well, giving its dirty, echoing jangle a dynamic that makes Woollen Kits' page worth dog-earing in the ever-growing R.I.P catalog. —Kevin Warwick See also Wednesday.