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Ought, Flasher

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

Ought have made a name for themselves by creating incredibly glossy and energetic post-punk from within their burgeoning Montreal-based DIY circle, with small hints of radicalism typical of that scene. They already sounded like a major-label band on their first two records, but now, with the resources of Merge Records undergirding their ironic lyricism on the new Room Inside The World, they're able to construct a wider range of moods and textures. They're still building a distinctive sound based on traditions started by bands like the Talking Heads, but the influence is less obvious now, as what once seemed like vocalist Tim Darcy's best David Byrne impression is now a fully-formed, crooning growl. Ought have always been dynamic, with Darcy leaping from quiet introspection to belting out simple truths, but the single "Desire" is a prime example of their maturation. A 70-piece vocal choir with a humming gospel synthesizer would have been out of place in their straight-forward songs from 2015's Sun Coming Down, but now the band is maximizing the religious aura of musical epiphanies that were the best moments on songs like "Big, Beautiful Sky." In addition, the power of Darcy's self-mocking vocal delivery is enhanced in the band's live sets. —Reid Kurkerewicz

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