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Toupee, Sissy Spacek, Unmanned Ship, DJ Speedsick (free)


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

A night of fierce and noisy music at its mercurial and unpredictable best. Info

 Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

Over the last couple of decades, noise figure John Wiese has built an impressive, extensive, and overwhelming discography. Here, Wiese performs with drummer and vocalist Charlie Mumma as Sissy Spacek in the midst of several new releases. Among them, in July’s Ways Of Confusion, Sissy Spacek delivers an impressively heightened model of the duo’s intensity: The band delivers crushing bass positively bruising with blistering blastbeats. Also out this year from the grindcore-meets-musique-concrete duo: Pitched Intervention and L/L. Like most musicians, Wiese has been collaborating with other musicians throughout his entire career, but the pairing with Mumma is notable because his live drumming immeasurably revs things up while adding an element of urgency and accountability to these powerful performances.

Also on the bill is Chicago punk outfit Toupee, poised to deliver an absolute freak-out of hysteria. Its 2015 Moniker Records release Leg Toucher offers hook-filled bass, a spectrum of guitar colors, and drastic hairpin attitude shifts courtesy of vocalist Whitney Allen. A great demonstration of this cacophony is standout track “Sensei, Swami, Guru,” where Allen sings like she’s anxiously trying to keep her cool but is bound to blow up again at any minute. Chicago’s Unmanned Ship play here as well behind January’s No More Digital Blood. On “Sensitive Cyclone," the trio constructs something minimal yet massive: Emerging out of a thin sheet of disorienting sounds, the band pulls together a swampy, psychedelic bass line that bears forward a Zeuhl-like sense of militaristic prog doom. As if to change battle tactics, they then launch full force with guitar noise washing out the rhythm section before achieving victory in a blissed-out delirium. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: August 23
Orton Park Festival 2018 (free)