Semi Precious Weapons is a band that invests more energy in how they look than how they sound, which is fine for those that treat music more like a fashion accessory than a craft. Obviously this works better if you have tits and/or high-concept outfits designed by the Mad Hatter. Absent that frontman Justin Tranter borrows liberally—aping Ziggy Stardust’s androgyny, copping over-the-top sexual innuendo from Thrill Kill Cult, and modeling their sound after Poison, if they had at least a passing awareness of ripping off the New York Dolls. This calculated pillaging of glam iconography possesses the depth of a commercial and holds your attention nearly as long.
Tues., Oct. 5
With Breedlove + Lady Starlight.
North Star Bar
27th and Poplar sts.
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014