Imaginary People, the latest from Pale Angels, a fuzzy garage-punk crew with dual US/UK citizenship (the band has Welsh roots but currently makes its home in New Jersey), embraces that long-lost '90s grunge label with gusto. Tracks like "Ditch Digger" and "Piss Water" are as caked in grime as their in-desperate-need-of-a-shower titles suggest, building on reverb-heavy guitars, dingy bass and frontman Jamie Morrison's raspy vocals, which come on like he's forever in need of a sip of water.

Imaginary People, the latest from Pale Angels, a fuzzy garage-punk crew with dual US/UK citizenship (the band has Welsh roots but currently makes its home in New Jersey), embraces that long-lost '90s grunge label with gusto. Tracks like "Ditch Digger" and "Piss Water" are as caked in grime as their in-desperate-need-of-a-shower titles suggest, building on reverb-heavy guitars, dingy bass and frontman Jamie Morrison's raspy vocals, which come on like he's forever in need of a sip of water.

Singer/bassist Morrison, who has also logged time in the Arteries and Ssssnakes, is joined in the trio by guitarist Mike Santostefano (Crimes) and drummer Chris Krause (Crimes, Rescuer), and sessions for Imaginary People were overseen by producer Ben Greenberg, who learned a thing or two about noise-rock playing alongside the Men (check out the still-thrilling Open Your Heart for proof).

And while there are occasional moments the band lays off the gas - "Dreamer," for one, revels in atmosphere - the music is best when it's at its most menacing. Such is the case on "Sinking Shadows," a heavy, rumbling tune where Morrison moans "My shadow won't follow me around." And you've gotta be doing something right when even your shadow wants to keep its distance.

Vacation, Edhochuli and Nervosas also perform.

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8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29

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