This Week in St. Louis 8/25/15 - 8/30/15


Swear Beam (cassette release)
The Hecks (Chicago, IL)
DJ Lrvrl
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / all ages

Swear Beam is the latest from members of the Funs, Rip Rap and Trauma Harness. Listening to this first demo definitely recalls all three bands, but Swear Beam brings a complex, layered approach to songs that would otherwise seem simple. There's more rumbling beneath the surface, but the sound never gets too heady for its own good.

Belly Belt (Los Angeles, CA)
Whisky Janetor
Tubby Tom
@ Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
8:30 p.m. / donation$

Belly Belt brings rap that borders on inane, but the approach here is especially tight while actually exercising some sense of brevity. A stripped-down punk take on beat-driven rhymes, Belly Belt provides half-cocked commentary in taut three minute chunks. 


Health Problems (WA)
Trauma Harness
The Crisis
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Health Problems cranks angular bass over hefty beats, making for a busy, skronky style of punk that feels relentless. The frontman here never lets up, acting like some coke-addled werewolf pining for the full moon -- if anything, he helps to emphasize the band's weirder side. The Crisis is made up of members from Foam's working staff, but the band is definitely heavier that you might expect. 


Negative Scanner (Chicago, IL)
Torso (Oakland, CA)
The Bubbleheads
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $8 / all ages

Negative Scanner works within stringent punk beats to eke out gloomy chords under howls from the gut. The whole affair feels dark and especially heavy without the trappings of more masculine music. The Bubbleheads is the latest in south city punk, come see the band's second (or third?) show ever. 

Gillian Carter (FL)
Hmph! (Kansas City, MO)
Heavy Horse
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gillian Carter plays with tension like taffy, stretching songs to their limit before dropping the bottom out for heavy breakdowns and frantic grinding. Hmph! is more stilted affair, drawing closer to a melodic math rock sound while Staghorn brings a droning kind of noisy doom metal. All within Cherokee Street's newest record shop, Kismet. 

Dave Stone/Ghost Ice
Hylidae/JJ Hamon
Future Junk
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Another night of free-improvisation and experimental noise headed by Jeremy Kannapel aka Ghost Ice at the Tap Room. That means free show with a stellar lineup. 


Pat Sajak Assassins
Hands and Feet
Traveling Sound Machine
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

An all local gig of post-rock and heady ambient work via south city's finest circuit breakers. Pat Sajak Assassins takes on a bent Nintendo sound, albeit with live drums, so don't expect chiptunes. This is for fans of complex rock with a thin veneer of vocal work soaked in effects.