Kurt Vile, the moody, Post Punk/Neo Garage Rock retro-modernist sure has answered a lot of questions about his name since his first major-label release, Childish Prodigy, came out last year on Matador Records. (He had two previous releases.) It’s just too close a surly twist on Kurt Weill — the German composer of toughly political musicals like The Threepenny Opera — for coincidence.
Vile — with some form of his back-up band, The Violators — opens for Fucked Up Monday night. His album has received wide praise for its dense, textured production and for the spookily hypnotic vibe of songs like “Freak Train” and “Hunchback.” His voice has traces of Tom Petty or Mick Jagger, but the tone is darker and more febrile, like Roky Erickson or The Cramps.
Fucked Up is a mysterious, constantly evolving seven-year-old outfit that often lives up to its name. FU’s 2008 breakthrough album, The Chemistry of Common Life, is a dense, epic slab of Hardcore Rock that's both heavier and more complex than the genre’s typical output. The Toronto sextet — whose performing aliases include immense frontdude Pink Eyes, guitarist 10,000 Marbles and bassist Mustard Gas — takes subversive glee in tweaking the playbook: How many Hardcore bands would open an album with the sound of a single flute floating innocently through the air?
They play the Southgate House. Get show details and Sound Advice here.