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Cave Curse, Service, Solid Freex, Wash

  • Crystal Corner Bar 1302 Williamson Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

A weird night of Midwestern punk and beyond. Info

Solid Freex.

Solid Freex.

Solid Freex has been writing, evolving, and playing live sets of multi-hued punk at a furious pace in its first two years as a band. A trio comprised of longtime Madison musician Steve Coombs on drums and two of his sons, bassist Evan Coombs-Broekema and guitarist Josh Coombs-Broekema, Solid Freex swerve between early hardcore and more jagged, abstract post-punk, often in the space of a single song, like "Teenage Evil," from the band's debut album, 2018's Peeled Guest. It helps that the younger Coombses are very good young musicians—"Rabit Die Form" is a killer example of using catchy melodies to pierce through raucous noise thanks largely to Evan's nimble ascending bass lines, and "It Hurts" builds on Josh's volatile but tensely controlled chords. All three members share vocal duties in an often playful call-and-response, and the Steve Coombs bashes away on drums with an abandon that suggests he's enjoying a break from the multi-tasking of his singular post-punk solo project Trin Tran. A second album is already in the can and due for release in early 2019. Solid Freex shares the bill here with Madison synth-punk project Cave Curse, heady local newcomers Wash, and Indianapolis band Service, which features members of We Are Hex and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 8
Duelle (free)
Later Event: December 10
Alan Semrow (Free)