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Wood Chickens, Absolutely Not, The Central, Wash

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, Wisconsin (map)

The Madison country-punk trio celebrates a new album. Info/tix

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Madison cowpunk trio Wood Chickens play here behind their latest full-length, Well Done!, kicking off a month-long tour. Well Done! finds Wood Chickens blazing deeper and stranger trails into the psychobilly spirit, with a maniacal absurdity varies from song to song, and certainly departs at times from the band's past output. The basic sound—a common ground between country and hardcore—hasn't changed. Instead, the band relies on inventive songwriting, bizarre lyrics, and psychotic interjections and fillers to flesh out the singular nature of each track. Wood Chickens defined their sound early on, but have proven their ability to not wear out their psycho-cowpunk character, never pigeonholing themselves into redundancy. The recently released single "Mall Cop," for instance, stands out among more straightforward hardcore tracks such as "Vortex 4" and "We Skate In Boots," as Wood Chickens deliver a driving, grooving bassline, interludes of guitar both spaced-out and flashy, and catchy, trashy lyrics. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: November 8
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Sen Morimoto, Son!
Later Event: November 10
Peppermint Soda (free)