June 4th, 2008


The Picador 05/28/2008

Acoustic Guillotine
Wax Cannon
Family Van

Acoustic Guillotine are a 2 piece bass + drums metal band. The Black Stripes, as it were. The two guys, whose names I forget, are late-30s veterans of 20 years of Iowa City metal, punk, and hardcore bands. I don't normally listen to this sort of music, but it's hard denying the skill and energy they put into their music. And best song introduction ever: "Have you ever been in love with a robot who wasn't Pris?"

Wax Cannon are another two piece -- Guitar & Drums. Dave and Jay are great song writers, and they sound like it's 1987 and SST should sign them. One of my favorite local bands.

Family Van is ... unique. Fronted by Dave H, who has been making noise art for 20 years around these parts, this is some chaotic, silly wall of sound nuttiness.