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And Illusions, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Solid Freex (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Solid Freex. Photo by Scott Gordon.

Solid Freex. Photo by Scott Gordon.

Over the years Madison musician Steve Coombs has experimented with turning his wonderfully bizarre one-man band Trin Tran into a full band, at times recruiting his teenage sons. That family collaboration recently yielded a new trio, Solid Freex, with the elder Coombs on drums and vocals and sons Evan Coombs-Broekema on bass and Josh Coombs-Broekema on guitar/vocals. During a bunch of recent shows, including a bruising opening set for Deerhoof in June at the High Noon, Solid Freex have played fierce, slashing, smart-assed punk that draws on everything from scorched early-'80s hardcore to jagged noise-rock. It's fun to see Coombs just focus on drums after years of four-limbed multi-tasking in Trin Tran, and his kids are expressive, nimble players. They play first at this show, sharing a bill with Chicago psych institution Plastic Crimewave Syndicate and Madison experimental duo And Illusions (which includes Tone Madison contributor Emili Earhart). —Scott Gordon