As the boys from CCTV themselves put it, it’s “the moment that no one's been waiting for.” Tonight at Open Lot, Cobra Cheetah Tiger Viper will be releasing their brand-new EP, 2 Precious. Openers include Renard Hirsch and Big Sir — not that Big Surr; this Big Sir. Find my Critic’s Pick, along with an MP3 of “Feelings Over” (the song partially featured in the above teaser), after the jeezy.
You may recognize Eric Lehning as an occasional Scene contributor. More to the point, you may recognize him as the sharply adorned, bravado-ensconced frontman for locals The Non-Commissioned Officers and soul covers outfit Chubby and the Dots. Lehning’s pet project, Cobra Cheetah Tiger Viper — typically shorthanded as CCTV — isn’t an enormous stylistic jump from The Non-Coms: Songs like “Right of Denial” and “No Prisoners” from CCTV’s brand-new EP, 2 Precious, feature the same new wave-influenced, urgent shout-alongs with surfed-out guitars and snappy synths that won The Non-Coms’ Make-Out With Violence soundtrack so many accolades. If anything, 2 Precious is more streamlined and concise than most Non-Coms material — the punk-rock progression and synth callbacks of “Lay Into a Boy” suggest an affinity for brainy punk, post-punk and college-rock architects like XTC, Devo and The Clash. The stylish, unlikely icing on this particular rock ’n’ roll cake? Lehning’s full-bodied, multi-octave-spanning vocals and unsuspected but surprisingly fitting auxiliary instrumentation, such as the arresting fiddle and organ parts of “Cautionary Tale.”