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Zebras, The Hussy, Absolutely Not, Forsake Ya To The Snakes

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

Spazzed-out synth-punk outfit Zebras are celebrating their 10-year anniversary as a band, and playing what may be their last show ever. They perform here in a special throwback format—old songs played by current and previous members for the first time since 2011, in a lineup that finds the Madison band incorporating members of Milwaukee noise-punk band IfIHadAHiFi. Most of the tracks originate from their 2008 and 2009 releases, Parasitic Clones Under The Strong Arm Of The Robotic Machine and Fate Of A World Plagued By Soulless Shits, respectively. This return to the spazzier side of Zebras differs drastically from the crossover-thrash doom personality that Zebras have gravitated towards in more recent years on albums like 2015's The City Of Sun. Vincent Presley’s angular guitar melodies and erratic vocals, and Lacey Smith’s convulsive synth tones, yield an equally humorous and brutal result, complementing the night’s lineup. Chicago’s Absolutely Not plays here behind a new album (to be released the night of the show) and inhabit a glam-garage side of synth-punk. Local garage punk outfit The Hussy share the stage, as well as off-kilter synth rock outfit Forsake Ya To The Snakes. —Emili Earhart