All right, here’s a speedy review of the CUSSES e.p. release party for “Here Comes the Rat” at Hang Fire last weekend. Nice crowd, free cd with paid cover, cold beer and a consistently strong, interesting, and varied lineup. What’s not to like?
Crazy Bag Lady opened with a blistering set, possibly the best of the dozens of times I’ve seen them. Maybe it was just me, but I don’t think so. Tight, angry and a little unhinged. New songs sound great.
Charleston’s fiasco was up next and served up a super set of early 90’s indebted melodic post hardcore. They’ll probably hate that description, but whatever you call it, I dug it.
Holy crap, why didn’t you guys tell me about The Bronzed Chorus? Seriously, why? A guitar and drums instrumental 2 piece, I was entranced throughout the entire set. Guitar was looped and layered, both over itself and the insane time signatures coming from the drum kit. Apparently the polyrythmic percussionist needed a challenge, so he often played keys and a trigger pad with his left hand while somehow keeping track of his other appendages simultaneously. Craziness. HIGHLY recommended for fans of Don Cabellero, Trans Am, Tristeza, Breadwinner, basically any math rock.
The bar was set high for CUSSES to finish the night, but do you think Angel, Bryan, and Brian let the sweaty, amped up crowd down? Not a chance. Another great set to cap a fantastic night of rock from all over the spectrum.
Lots of pics, be sure to click through.