With most emo-core acts, hardcore screeching is a crutch for lack of vocal chops. For locals Look What I Did, its just another weapon in their arsenal. Indeed, given their strong melodic sensibilities and self-evident chops, they hardly fit there at all. The genre-splicing blend of big hooks, windy, contrapuntal post-punk riffage, hardcore rhythms and occasional throbbing breakdowns on their third album, Atlas Drugged, is like Ritalin for the ADD generation. While its been five years since their last LP, Minuteman for the Moment, it sounds like almost the entire interims been spent writing, because the dozen tracks are meticulously crafted, seamlessly segueing between styles bolstered by particularly tuneful passages, oft-amusing lyrics and strong vocal melodies. Its perhaps schizophrenic for some tastes, but those looking for a catchier, less humorless alternative to Dillinger Escape Plan and Between the Buried and Me will find plenty to love.
Fri., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., 2010