Monday, February 11, 2013

REVIEW: Basic Cable - Demo 2013 (self-released)

A total mess has never sounded so good. Chicago's Basic Cable has reared its alcohol-soaked head from the gutter to bring us hypnotic two-chord punk droning with a brutal primitivism as gentle as meat hooks. It's your worst night of decadence and debauchery. It's bottles, cans and cigarette butts strewn across some shitty apartment floor. At times escalating into a full-on sonic assault, the three-track demo pounds with the fury of in-the-red everything, the drums keeping the depraved beat of some pagan sacrifice, the reverb-laden vocals vacillating between desperation and indifference, the fuzzed-out guitar riffs grooving with intoxicating monotony. Basic Cable includes a few of Chicago's usual rock 'n' roll suspects you've surely partied with at some point. Check them out Friday, February 15, at Burlington with Negative Scanner and Radar Eyes.

by Steve Wichelecki

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