Critic's Pick: Vampire Belt

By Elliott Sharp
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Nope. Not the snuggly Ivy League pop band that croons about French architecture and grammar. This is Vampire BELT, the noise-rock duo of drummer Chris Corsano and guitarist Bill Nace. They’ve only released a coupla super-limited CD-Rs which probably less than 50 people own, and a somewhat more easily discoverable 7-inch split with feedback-scientists Magik Markers. Not ringing any bells? Well, maybe you’ve heard them do other things. Nace is all over the place, working with sax-destroyers like Mats Gustafsson and Paul Flaherty, but he’s most frequently in cahoots with Thurston Moore. Corsano—arguably the greatest and most chameleonic drummer breathing—has his paws in multiple noise and free-jazz domains, often bashing with Wilco’s Nels Cline, Joe McPhee, Sir Richard Bishop, or C Spencer Yeh. He also played on an album called Volta by an artist named Björk. But don’t expect anything familiar sounding. Expect stick-splintering hyper-poly-rhythms, dagger-like guitar uppercuts, carnal scuzz and ecstatic sonic pandemonium.

Fri., Aug. 12, 8pm. $6. With Michael Evans + Julius Masri. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. 215.426.2685. museumfire.com

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