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Kill Me Tomorrow

With the Blood Brothers, Daughters, and Chromatics. Tuesday, July 13, at the Grog Shop.


Alongside the recent explosion and quick implosion of electroclash has been an even larger ka-pow of cranky bands looking to mine the 45-degree angles and mysterio-bleeps of the early '80s. And it's easy to lump this San Diego-by-way-of-Portland combo of creepies into the bloated ranks of noisemakers.

But instead of just another crew of Casio-carrying cuties, Kill Me Tomorrow comes from an artier tradition, using a rock-band setup to mash modern white noise with dark-alley heebie-jeebies, in the style of middle-Pere Ubu or Throbbing Gristle. There's also a beatnik vibe, as well as bursts of punk freakout, an occasional girly chirp, and fleeting hints of melody, all wrapped in the cut-up lo-fi manner of their initial '90s blue lights (Pavement, Brainiac). Not nearly as "goth" as their press reports, they're more a nervous noise that can't help but reflect a real nowtime confusion about what might be next.

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