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Fire Heads, Sass, According To What (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

In their first concert of the new year, Madison garage-punk band Fire Heads will likely perform a lot of songs from their sophomore album, a self-titled effort released in late 2017. The tracks on Fire Heads are not so much a departure from their debut LP, 2014's Scroggz Manor, as an all-around intensification. Everything, especially the guitars, becomes even more tempestuous here. On tracks like "Dad's Theory," Tyler Fassnacht and Bobby Hussy's guitar parts race around one another like hyperactive dogs, kicking up a ton of dust in the process. Still, for all the chaos present on the project, Fire Heads also impose structure to ensure tracks do not go off the rails. The pocket is always airtight on Alex Ross' drums and Erick Fruehling's bass, and Fassnacht's vocals and lyrics reliably cut through all the noise. There is a moment of respite, though, just before the album closes. On "Night Comes Again," Fassnacht sings and strums sadly all by himself, murmuring lyrics like "And in the end I'll wait until it's over / I'll stay until they all go away." It's a poignant juxtaposition, given the adrenaline that laces all the album's other tracks. Speaking of contrast, Fire Heads will share the bill here with Minneapolis band Sass, whose alt-pop songs, like "Velvet," are much softer but have some chaotically frayed edges all the same. —Henry Solo

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