This Week in St. Louis 8/3/15 - 8/9/15


Swells (Denver, CO)
Gas Up Yr Hearse (Bloomington, IN)
Mothlight (Chicago, IL)
@ Bolozone
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Post-hardcore from three cities converges at Bolozone for a Monday night meltdown. Swells from Denver plays its own brand of dark and dingy, punk-tinged screamo. Expect lots of yelling.

Toupee (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Toupee plays gristly psychedelic rock that delves into guttural croons and noisy depths. The hard hitters seamlessly bridge post-punk with drone tones -- a coarse-edged combo that's bound to shake onlookers to the core.


Sin Orden (Chicago, IL)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Sin Orden snaps back and forth between heavy d-beat and sweeping chords chugged in half time. The whole affair feels dark but never murky with the kind of clarity that's often passed on for being too clean. For a band that has nearly 20 years under its belt, the straight-laced songs come from an embedded style, foregoing an otherwise perfectionist sound. 


Urochromes (MA)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bolozone
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Before 2012 the word "grime" couldn't be used to describe punk, but we're in a post-Lumpy world where all manner of slimey hardcore, Urochromes included, have infested show spaces with a slow leak, leaving plenty of nasty black mold behind. Not that the band is all that influenced by the Dumpers, but Urochromes are definitely in the oozy punk rock canon of 2015. Oh hey look, Bolozone is doing shows again.

Tare (New Orleans, LA)
Party Favors
Not Quite Nothing
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A low-vibe night of emo via southern crybabies Tare. Kidding -- the band does take a soft, melodic approach though, climbing over its own bright riffs with subtle singing. Kismet is both an art space and record store, with the latter half getting in a ton of new stock. Don't cry for Cherokee street record shops when one does shows right under your nose. 

Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland, OH)
Trauma Harness
Swear Beam
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Pleasure Leftists brings retroactive post-punk that casts a thick shade of gray over everything, painting its songs up in gloomy riffs. A constant croon permeates the wall of reverb and strings, driving along simple songs locked into solid, danceable beats. Swear Beam and Veil are both south city newborns covered in bloody riffs while Trauma Harness brings its own bizarro punk via clipped amps and fried speaker cones. 


Weeed (WA)
Numb Bats (AZ)
Rip Rap
Sole Loan
Boreal Hills
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Okay, going the easy route here and just calling Weeed a "stoner rock" band. Because look at that name, and -- if any proof is really required -- the video up above. By beating certain riffs into the ground, the band places its collective bets on droning repetition. A headbanger's ball for shoegaze nerds. 


Animal City (Chicago, IL)
Perennial Reel (NJ)
Early Worm
John Beabout+Sam Nauman
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Animal City is a group from some alternative reality where band nerds in high school got hip to the fact that music might actually get them laid. So they start a band (called Animal City) and after losing their collective virginity on one fateful night, they decide to keep playing music after all. Because the power of music is the power of love and so on.

Thug Entrancer (Denver, CO)
Trust Image
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $8/$10 / all ages

Thug Entrancer works like a live seminar on synthesizers, bringing the power behind modular, analog and digital together to craft a warm, wobbling wreck of dance music. Like the name suggests, this style is especially gripping, bringing your brain into a feedback loop of its own.


Gnarwhal (Nashville, TN)
Hardbody (Tour Kick-Off)
Strong Force
Path of Might
@ Karl's Basement
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gnarwhal sits somewhere between heavy punk and tight melodic math rock, but never adheres to either. The sound feels sticky with hook after hook and the maddening beats reel each riff into succinct songs. While I'm not a fan of "FFO" or "RIYL," anyone who digs Hella, Battles, Don Caballero or even noisier punk bands like Roomrunner or Metz can find much to love. A heavy local line up kicks things off.