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Cave Curse, Wash, Genau, Tarek Sabbar

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison synth-punk outfit Cave Curse marks the release of a new 7-inch. Info/tix

Photo by Brett Stepanik.

Photo by Brett Stepanik.

Madison musician Bobby Hussy (The Hussy, Fire Heads) initially started Cave Curse as a solo project in 2014, and over time it has developed a concussive mix of glitchy darkwave and synth-driven punk. Throughout 2017's introspective Future Dust, a loose concept album that followed the death of Hussy's mother[ Hussy and drummer Will Gunnerson crafted a sound at once emotionally jittery and irrepressibly danceable. Since then, Gunnerson has departed and drummer Ben Brooks, keyboardist Emili Earhart, and bassist Tyler Spatz have joined Hussy to expand the band's sound, and that lineup will play here to celebrate the release of a new 7-inch for Italy's Goodbye Boozy Records. (Full disclosure: Earhart is a Tone Madison contributor.) Hussy's opening riff on A-side "Buried" roots the track in glimmering post-punk, while Spatz's chugging bass line cuts through the noise. Later, Earhart's synth conjures fantastic visions of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard on a dungeon crawl in space as Brooks anchors the (still-accessible) cacophony. On B-side "Trash People," Cave Curse hints at a sprawling psych-rock epic over the track's final third before the jam session slowly fades away. While it retains the stylistic core of Future Dust, this forthcoming 7-inch suggests Cave Curse would feel comfortable growing in a few directions. Joining Cave Curse for this show are the stylistically diverse Madison-based rock quartet Wash, Milwaukee new wave duo Genau, and Madison-based electronic musician Tarek Sabbar. —Shaun Soman

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