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Tyranny Is Tyranny, Poney, Our Friends The Savages (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Photo by Bobby Hussy.

Photo by Bobby Hussy.

For a band that identifies as "post-metal," Madison's Tyranny Is Tyranny still tend to eschew the sleepy tropes that saturate the genre these days. There's nothing shimmering, ethereal, or fancy about the sonic territory or overall production of the band's second and most recent album, 2015's The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism. Brooding and delicate guitar progressions give way to tasteful, growling crescendos with maximum feel, as guitarist-vocalist Russell Hall's urgent screams cut through to the point where it seems like he's actually berating the listener—which, to be fair, he probably is. We're also stoked to see some activity from Wisconsin stoner-punk mainstays Poney. Despite trudging through a lineup change and having drummer-vocalist Ben Brooks and guitarist-bassist Tyler Spatz also splitting their time with moody punk outfit No Hoax and synth-laced garage project Cave Curse, Poney have been hard at work on a proper follow-up to 2013's Rorschach, which the band says should drop sometime this year. —Joel Shanahan

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