This Week In St. Louis 12/20/15 - 12/26/15


Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Trauma Harness
Hardbody (split 7" release)
Skin Tags (split 7" release)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Tunic tears through noisy punk with punchy, fuzzed-out bass and busy beats under metallic riffs. The video above has a tongue-in-cheek date stamp of "FEB 3 1994," but the band wouldn't feel out of place opening for say, Drive Like Jehu or Shellac in their respective primes. Trauma Harness released Tried My Hardest earlier this year and, if we had a top ten list (which we might still get around to), that LP would sit near the top. 


Eric Hall
The Tory Starbuck Project
Slave Cable

@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

If you missed the Freezerburn/Acid Kat Stocking Stuffer last week, this show feels like a live remix, complete with Tory Starbuck's full-band and the new no-wavish stylings of Slave Cable. Although Eric Hall seems to play every week, don't mistake scarcity for quality -- he remains one of St. Louis' strongest proponents of experimental noise, taking a more sample and synth-heavy approach, as opposed to harsh squalor. 

Bug Chaser
Thor Axe
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / $10

Mud House on Cherokee offers coffee and delicious food, but its employees offer some of south city's weirdest rock. Dracla is a vampirical band with a blatant disregard for spelling or grammar, Bug Chaser is best band in St. Louis with two drummers and Thor Axe walks over the dead corpses of guitar heroes. Spend that post-Christmas cash responsibly -- eat local, live local, die local, blow out yr eardrums local. 


Ritalin OD (Chicago, IL)
Bleeding Gums (Chicago, IL)
The Warden
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A duo of Chicago bands brings spazz and scuzz to the south city basement of Bonerville. Ritalin OD's hardcore suffocates with a constant wall of static over riffs that carry the cacophony forward. Like its name suggests, the band feels hyperactive, slowing only for the occasional break in noisy glory.