Concert preview: Disappears exert a dark pull with their caveman rock

By Columbus Alive
From the October 17, 2013 edition

In past interviews, Disappears frontman Brian Case has described the Chicago quartet’s music as “caveman rock” for its blunt force and relative simplicity (these guys have a knack for repeating a single riff until it bores its way into your skull). The group’s latest album, Era, continues this minimalist trend, highlighted by the brooding, post-punk rumbler “Ultra,” which exerts its dark pull for more than 10 glorious minutes.

The band parted ways with drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) prior to recording, but the loss does little to slow its momentum on sneering cuts like “Power,” a dark, twisted numberthat creeps through back alleyways like a midnight prowler. It helps that Case has a more established presence than on early efforts, where his muffled barks were often buried in the mix. Here, in contrast, his various recriminations and asides come on every bit as threatening as the band’s still-ominous sound.

Psychic Wheels and Red Feathers open the show.