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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday's Pick: Dadfag, Gay Beast, Ezee Tiger & the Soundmen

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 7:50 AM

​9 p.m., $6

Dissonant, detuned, and seemingly in a state of constant collapse, Dadfag's Scenic Abuse is not the album to slap on the stereo when you seek a happy summer jam. In fact, we might suggest that anyone who enjoys dexterous instrumental virtuosity, harmonious vocal interplay, and sunny pop choruses should avoid this strident local trio. Easy listening it isn't. What Dadfag achieves, however, is a revival of the no-anaesthetic aesthetic of No Wave better than many modern indie bands who've been linked to that most unmelodious of post-punk genres: Scenic Abuse ain't no subtly-fuzzed hipster slant-rock with brittle hi-hat dance beats, it's a cacophonous and sloppy assault on the concept of "good" music, period. With two women (Eva Hannan and Danielle Benson) on guitar/vox duties and one dude (Alan Miknis) on drums, the three members battle each other with contradictory and discordant instrumental arrangements à la early DNA, while the shrill, pained, piercing vocals almost make Teenage Jesus-era Lydia Lunch sound like an R&B diva in comparison. Sound like your idea of perverse sonic (im-)perfection? Then count yourself lucky: Dadfag plays two shows this week -- tonight at the Hemlock Tavern and Saturday, July 10, at Amnesia -- if your masochistic musical tastes need a good whupping. -- John Graham

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