The Madison noise-rock band celebrates the release of another menacing album. Info
Madison trio Sinking Suns' second full-length, the new Bad Vibes, finds the band applying minute but thoughtful variations to guitarist Scott Udee's warped and bent-to-oblivion riffs, drummer Gabe Johnson's austerely angular grooves, and bassist/vocalist Dennis Ponozzo's ominous bellow. At this point you basically know what you're getting from this menacing noise-rock band, but that doesn't exactly make it cookie-cutter. Even on the sternum-hammering opener "1987," Sinking Suns makes room for gasps of atmosphere and gnarled melodic detours.
The band has always had a dash of surf-rock in its sound, and that comes to the fore in the taut interplay of bass and guitar on "Remember You Will Die" and "Zenith." On "No Remains" and "Distant Drums," Johnson creates a rumble that makes the listener experience a mix of sudden Hulk-strength and profound unease. At its best, Bad Vibes elevates its tough and burly sounds to a state of near-hallucinatory panic and dread, and that's what makes Sinking Suns a special band in well-trodden territory. They'll play this release show at Revolution Cycles, which doesn't host a lot of live music these days but is a fun place for it—watch out for the old deaf cat nonchalantly napping on top of someone's speaker cabinet. —Scott Gordon