Look, we know we throw a lot of new music at you. We also know that not everyone who comes to this site has the time to be as involved with or informed about the local scene as maybe they’d like to be. So for those casual readers who either can’t or have no interest in keeping up with the parade of artists we try to cover, who may not know the difference between Bitter and Biters, we have created our TRIPLE THREAT feature. The premise is simple: every Friday our writers will put their heads together and come up with three tracks that grabbed our attention over that week. Then we tell you why the songs are great and worth listening to. That’s it. Maybe some weeks we’ll have a guest commentator come in and share their favorites, but the format will always remain the same: three songs, some words, and we out. Enjoy.
Einschlagen – “Wolf Tooth”
From the new LP, Not Angry, Disappointed
Even though there’s been a resurgence in emo over the past couple of years, the genre is often treated like a dirty word, not to be mentioned in polite company. It’s an understandable aversion, especially for the more cerebral bands seeking to push it to new ground. For a band like Einschlagen, the style seems woefully one-dimensional, especially considering their new single “Wolf Tooth.” Much Like the Appleseed Cast, Einschlagen drift towards post-rock in a way which occasionally bleeds into redundancy, but “Wolf Tooth” stands on its own while loosely defining the structure of their debut album, Not Angry, Disappointed. The addition of Aubry Meers (ex-Twin Studies) exposes a dreamier side to Einschlagen, softening the experimental edges of the track with intimate textures and lyrics. It looks to be a promising path forward for the group, especially if they want people to stop using the “E” word. – Russell Rockwell
Einschlagen will celebrate the release of Not Angry, Disappointed tonight at the Hi-Lo Lounge. They will be supported by Fake Flowers and Pansy. Doors open at 9 p.m. $3 suggested donation. 18+ to enter.
MonteQarlo – “Melt”
From the upcoming EP, Dew
Dancing is life. You ask me what I think of MonteQarlo’s “Melt” and I will answer with the sequence of moves drifting through my head as I type this. It’s not a rump shaker, per se — we’re in that French mode of ultra suave, butter-slick house music better suited to long catwalk strides and slow body-rocking. Those with flexible backbones might try arching backwards in eight counts; those with solid knees might consider a careful crabwalk across the floor. Whatever your style, roll with it — cos trust me, dancing in public is one of greatest highs on this Earth, as MonteQarlo can likely attest. Practice yr moves with this number, so when you finally see them live (as you should), you’ll know just how to flaunt ’em. – Lee Adcock
MonteQarlo will perform on Sun., Apr. 9 at 368 Ponce in support of MEMS and Dog Lover. Fellow locals LONER open the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. All ages. Safe space.
The Callous Daoboys – “What”
From the upcoming EP, My Dixie Wrecked
Lock your doors! Close your windows! Keep them shut! The new single from noise punks the Callous Daoboys arrives packed full of corrosive riffs and panic-stricken atmosphere, but it’s Carson Pace’s shouted warnings that strike the hardest. “What” is viciously dissonant, a visceral gut-punch to your central nervous system, but it’s not meant as provocation. This here is a rallying cry, a blood-searing call to abandon comfort and conformity and expose oneself to the brutal beauty of life and living. The struggle against boredom and suburban ennui may be a common refrain, but the band’s desperation and anxiety here is palpable, and we would all do well to listen. – Avery Shepherd
My Dixie Wrecked is out April 1.
The Callous Daoboys will perform on Sun., Mar. 26 at Nophest Music and Arts Festival at Little Tree Art Studios. Admission is $10 for one-day pass and $25 for four-day pass. All ages.