Gig Alert: The Blind Shake at Sugar Maple
The Minneapolis surf/garage/punk trio stomps into town Tuesday, July 19
Heads up, Bay View: The concrete fallout shelter known as the Sugar Maple’s back room is scheduled to experience some seriously foundation-quaking vibrations on Tuesday, as it hosts the wall of reverb-heavy feedback known as Minneapolis’ The Blind Shake. We’ve been fans of The Blind Shake since the release of its 2007 disc Carmel, a psyched-out romp full of blistering baritone-flavored garage stomp. After a few shorter releases and a collaborative album with noise artist Michael Yonkers, The Shake has finally produced a proper follow-up, the brand new Seriousness LP, which it’ll be selling here.
Anyone who’s seen the trio live, though, will attest to the near-impossibility of their recorded output to match their balls-out, brain-scraper of a live show. Attendees of Tuesday’s show can expect flying high-kicks, an occasionally standing drummer (the better to punish the floor toms for being born), matching jumpsuits, hot surf-flavored licks, and volume, volume, speed, and volume. 20 minutes later, you’ll need one of the Sugar Maple’s hundreds of fancy-ass craft beers to help clear your head and figure out what the fuck just happened.
The Blind Shake will be joined by drone-y Milwaukee instrumental post-rockers (yes, that’s a real genre name) Wereworm, who, if their website is any indication, will be playing their first show of 2011. We’ll be interested to see if they’ve been spending that time off songwriting or, even better, finally producing some records for us to consume. Come on, guys, a disc is long overdue. Humor us, won’t you?
To tide you over until Tuesday, here’s video of a February Blind Shake performance at the Hemlock in San Francisco. We managed to catch the band last month at the 3rd Annual PRF BBQ in Chicago and, well… just watch.