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Nate Meng And The Stolen Sea, Gods In The Chrysalis, We Should Have Been DJs, Dear Violence

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Gods In The Chrysalis. Photo by Jon Ferris.

Gods In The Chrysalis. Photo by Jon Ferris.

Over the last couple years, guitarist/vocalist Aaron Miller and vocalist/percussionist Alissa Taylor have cultivated their own distinctive niche in the Madison music scene as Gods In The Chrysalis. Miller's background includes singing in metal acts like Dissent And Revolt and The Faith Hills Have Eyes, so it isn't altogether surprising to hear a stark acoustic rock and post-grunge influence here. However, in Gods, Miller's riffs are tempered and complemented by Taylor's penchant for quirky freak-folk atmospherics. When their sound fully comes together, it emphasizes a certain earthy yet mystical duality. "Sun Water Sky," the opener on their new album Lovers' Blood, soars on its serene dreamlike vocal reverb and lyrical imagery that meld with simplistic but catchy chord changes that recall the stripped-down approach of Thurston Moore's Demolished Thoughts. The lengthy "Witchdom," a meandering and complex ode to femininity, is bookended by noisy drone passages— before an Alice In Chains-esque bridge, Miller and Taylor's haunting and wild vocal interplay reveals the depth of their dynamic and stylistic range. There are even shades of Deradoorian and Cat Power in the softer timbre of Taylor's expressions on the staccato rhythm of "My Man." While the multi-tracked vocal production on Lovers' Blood is spacey and ethereal, Taylor is at her most commanding, charismatic, and grounded during Gods In The Chrysalis' modestly theatrical live performances. They'll play here to celebrate the album's release; give "Sun Water Sky" a listen below. Fellow local rock acts We Should Have Been DJs and Dear Violence round out the bill, while vivid alt-country/Americana group Nate Meng And The Stolen Sea headlines. —Grant Phipps

Earlier Event: August 25
Funky Fridays