According to Chain and the Gangs bio on K Records website, They are tired of liberty tired of being free they say, If this is freedom, then lock me up and throw away the key. Certainly not bound by the confines of contemporary underground rock n roll, Ian Svenoniusauthor, radio show host and the brain behind the Chainis the architect of a very distinct sound. (You may remember him from Half-Cocked, the 1994 indie shot by directors Michael Galinsky and Suki Stetson Hawley at the legendary Church Street punk club Lucys Record Shop.) Svenonius has served as frontman for several D.C.-based bandspost-hardcore troupes Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up among themand with Chain and the Gang, he barks lucid, beat poetry-esque rants over lethargic, threadbare, jazz-tinged rock instrumentation. Its insightful but decidedly less aggressive than Svenonius past material, and its comparable to the sound you might get if Mos Def popped an Ambien and joined a jazzy art-punk band. JEFF the Brotherhood open.
Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2009