Staff Pick: Coliseum brings back indie rock’s aggressive side

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From the May 9, 2013 edition

As Stereogum’s Tom Breihan described in his review of Coliseum’s Sister Faith, indie rock as recently as a decade ago was typically gravelly, roughshod guitar music that still bore the traces of the blistering hardcore scene from which it sprung. Sister Faith hearkens to that time before indie’s softening (call it “The Braffening”), when “it was still vaguely novel to hear a flugelhorn on a Sub Pop record.” The Louisville trio captures that bracing, riff-driven sound with production by D.C. scene staple J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), one of its progenitors. Its jagged edges punch holes in conventional wisdom (“I can take it all with me”), self (“All my dreams — failure!”) and possibly Double Happiness this Saturday.