Bands start up each and every day, as the Pavement song intones, but in an age of over-saturation and insta-publish social networking, rarely do those shiny new acts go the less-is-more route by offering up just a few tracks, just a bit of info and just enough promise to pique your interest further. Such is the case with The Grayces, a wobbly garage-rock trio of transplants featuring guitarist/vocalist Murielle Rae, drummer Gaelen Mitchell and bassist Patrick Ward, who seem to have found the right mix of nervous energy, camp and pomp on their self-titled debut 7-inch. The band cite the usual garage- and art-rock suspects as influences The Stooges, The Fall, Sonic Youth but the three tracks available bring more to mind The Cramps fronted by Karen O, whos mostly channeling Siouxsie Sioux anyway. The song Needer, with its haywire lilt and yelps, could be a Yeah Yeah Yeahs B-side, but the standout track here is Yep, the jumpy guitars and carnival-esque whooping of which recall the late-70s punk singer Poly Styrene and her backing band X-Ray Spex. If Rae is that kind of livewire on stage, look out. With The Mattoid, Hans Condor and Music City Burlesques Violet Vixxxen.
Sat., March 13, 9 p.m., 2010