With all the garage offerings from local imprints like HoZac and its ilk, Chicagoans are apt to forget there are branches of rock music unrelated to Sky Saxon kicking around town—and Europe. Before heading off to Italy and all points EU, Disappears are set to dispense scores of minimally minded jams drawing as much from Neu! as spooky horror movies with eerie voices whispering foreboding phrases through layers of distant echo. Sure there’s a pervasive Spacemen 3 thing at work here, but doused with all that gray water Chicago chuckholes offer up.
Releasing two long players in just as many years, Disappears haven’t become the media darlings one might have expected while trucking in modernized psych workouts. Perhaps restricted by clocking songs at pop duration over its last full length, “Guider,” the band seems as comfortable during extended explorations of simplicity. Fifteen-minute songs aren’t foreign territory to these guys—that’s actually when they’re at their best. “Revisiting,” the only long-form composition on their latest album approximates every gesture strung-out Brits rushed towards during the eighties. Pulsing a single tone until it means almost nothing, Disappears is capable of turning that austerity inside-out through the use of effects and savvy most bands overlook or misuse.
Opening for Disappears is a wholly unrelated group, the Eternals, sounding like an amalgam of your favorite, well-read MC and a Dischord Records’ band during its post-hardcore days. There’s not too much congruence here, but that’s part of what makes the show such a remarkable occurrence, one unique to Chicago. So, get there early for openers Wumme as the duo dispenses some urban mystic-jams on drums and keys prior to what should be considered dual headliners. (Dave Cantor)
May 6 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600. 10pm. $10-$12.