One of the handful of bands to emerge from Los Angeles’ The Smell in recent years, experimental noise rock group HEALTH crafts its danceable, often-abrasive material with heavy-duty synths and expressively dark pedals, vocals present but buried and mostly indecipherable. The band’s drum parts are the most intense and boast the most character, standing out as both inventive and completely batshit crazy. With HEALTH, mania is the emphasis, and somehow the band’s able to capture what’s usually reserved for live shows on disc—new record “Get Color” shows a noise act pulled tightly together into a compound unit, yet unafraid to pummel the listener with sudden bursts of uncontrolled mayhem. It’s a great and weird record that’s difficult to fully appreciate with only one listen, and a song like “Before Tigers,” with its repeated, grumbling guitar injections and subtle vocal melody, only gets better the more times it’s devoured. Live, HEALTH maintains an energy that would put most acts to shame. (Tom Lynch)
September 18 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 9:30pm. $10.