Course, the appearance of a certain Sonic Youth drummer in the line up gives a little more attention to an act, but Disappears have a history that stretches back a little more than relatively recent events. Guitarist Brian Case formed Disappears in Chicago after stints in avant-punkers the 90 Day Men and the Ponys; jamming with drummer Graeme Gibson the new project unleashed roaring blasts of strident reverb and crunching Krautrock throb. Then, after recording third album ‘Guider’, and in a move akin to swapping your triple-Yorkshire pudding roast dinner for a cheese sandwich, Gibson left to concentrate on his other band the schmindie Fruit Bats; some Sonic Youth downtime led to fan Steve Shelley plugging the thumping gap. The differences are largely cosmetic – Disappears are still soaked with hypnotic guitar play and tight repetition, and in the plush environs of the Cube will be a blasting treat.
DISAPPEARS (featuring Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth)
W/ Sleeping States
Thur 2nd/ 8pm /£10 adv
Hailing from Chicago, Disappears play minimal rock music. Drawing on a combined reverence for reverb, heavy tremolo, distortion, delay and repetition. Playing off a contrast between rhythmic drive and space but with more noise and a shouted staccato vocal style. Where their mix of Velvet Underground scuzz and krautrock propulsion on debut Lux was pretty melodic, on Guider they’re more interested in being hypnotic. Meshing the post-punk approach of Wire with drug rock grooves of Spacemen 3 and some solo Brian Eno moments in a kind of aggressive cosmic rock style. Loud and raw.
Following the departure of drummer and cofounding member Graeme Gibson, Disappears will be performing tonight with their new drummer, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth).
Support comes from Sleeping States (Bella Union).