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OTHERsound: Marateck, Space Blood, Rob Lundberg, Control

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

New York's Marateck swerve swiftly between driving and halting cadences, creating a jolting turn of events narrated by angular lines and varied guitar tones. Marateck's approach manages to wring out everything that its guitar-bass-drums instrumentation (traditionally) has to offer, while still remaining focussed and direct. The four-piece play here behind their latest full length, Time Is Over, released last month. On the standout track "Shrimp Tooth," Marateck create a sequence of sudden structural deviations followed by prompt surges of realignment. All members hone in on a concentrated zone, patiently building up tension around a meandering drum line. As the band deviates from their zone, they always return sharply, yielding a thicker, bolder, more convincing pulse until an appropriately sudden halt. Marateck plays here with Chicago's goof-math-rock outfit Space Blood, as well as local bass experimenter Rob Lundberg (of Jobs  and Nestle) and superb post-punk/dub outfit Control. (Full disclosure: Lundberg also helps book Tone Madison's concert series.) This show is the second installation of OTHERsound, a series of intersecting and exploratory sounds taking place at Art In. —Emili Earhart

Later Event: August 26
ME eN YOU (free)