Sour and sweet combine deliciously in raucous Chicago quartet Melkbelly
Melkbelly is a garage-punk four-piece from Chicago led by singer/guitarist Miranda Winters, whose voice instantly recalls the Deal sisters. But the band goes way beyond the Breeders, embracing squalls of feedback and other fits of noise to craft music that swings back and forth between the harsh and the hummable, never letting listeners get too comfortable with a pop melody or too unsettled with an atonal blast.
Miranda, along with husband/guitarist Bart Winters, Bart's bass-playing brother Liam and drummer James Wetzel, will visit Double Happiness four days after its debut album, Nothing Valley, releases on Wax Nine Records, a sister label of Carpark Records headed by Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. The album plays like a train approaching at full speed, its cars just barely clinging to the tracks. In concert, I imagine Melkbelly's songs will feel even more unmoored, so prepare for a wild ride. (Safe bet)