Concert preview: Technicolor Teeth take a twisted turn on Can You Keep Me out of Hell

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From the March 6, 2014 edition

Technicolor Teeth has a name that could have been cribbed from a Dr. Seuss book, and an out-there sound to match.

The Milwaukee freak-rock crew’s 2012 album Teenage Pagans overflowed with a mind-melting assortment of trippy sounds, layering together unconventional drum patterns, guitar chords that wobbled and slurred like they were streaming back on melted vinyl, and frontman Matt Stranger’s trapped-on-the-bottom-of-a-well howls. More recent songs like “Hatred Diamonds,” which first surfaced earlier this year on the crew’s tour-only cassette Can You Keep Me Out of Hell, ratchet up the darkness, Stranger delivering his deadened vocals amidst a corrosive swirl of guitar noise.

The group describes its sound as “ritual rock music” on its Facebook page, and it’s easy to imagine these ominous new songs soundtracking some seriously unspeakable atrocities.

Final Rites, Egon Gone and Dead Forever open the show.

Matt Stranger photo