Staff Pick: Cold Cave’s leather-clad shtick is no joke

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From the June 20, 2013 edition

Wesley Eisold sells his leather-clad, sunglass-shrouded synth pop with such conviction that your postmillennial sarcasm shield is likely to crack before his smile does. He can’t be serious. He must be serious.

Cold Cave’s music is a thick, industrial ’80s throwback — The Jesus and Mary Chain’s monolithic swoon framed in the skeleton of Pretty Hate Machine’s mechanistic aggression — and the live show throttles. The recent “God Made the World” is among the most lovable and shockingly warm singles Cold Cave has ever done, but even if you can’t connect with the studio recordings, Saturday’s show at Skully’s will convert you.

Boyd Rice and DJ Moxy round out the bill.