Wovenhand, White Hills, DRMWPN | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wovenhand, White Hills, DRMWPN Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m. 2009

New York combo White Hills have covered a lot of territory in the past few years, from searing guitar freak-outs on 2007’s Heads on Fire (recently reissued on vinyl by Thrill Jockey) to spacious ambient meditations on 2008’s A Little Bliss Forever (Drug Space), which may be why people can’t decide whether to call them stoner rock or space rock. Common to all of the band’s music, though, is devotion to a groove—it’s kind of ironic that their Dead EP, due this week on Thrill Jockey, includes a remix of one of their more rocking songs that actually deemphasizes the beat in favor of pulsing feedback and guitar tones. Those imperturbable rhythms, whether chugging or crawling, provide a broad canvas for grainy, blown-out guitar reveries—or, as the lyrics to one song call them, “electronic oceans of sound.” The band sometimes chants simple lyrics, weaves in found recordings of voices, or colors the songs with synthesizer washes, but nothing can dislodge its druggy, extravagant six-string excursions from the foreground. Wovenhand headlines; White Hills and DRMWPN open. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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