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Zs / Kwaidan / Paper Mice
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Zs / Kwaidan / Paper Mice

Zs Kwaidan Paper Mice

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 9:30 PM CST 2012-11-28T21:30
, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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Brooklyn’s ZS is more than a band, they’re a genre. Lumped in with such subgenres as no-wave, brutal-prog, and post-minimalist, ZS is primarily concerned with creating music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of performer and listener equally. This year sees the release of SCORE – the complete sextet works 2002 – 2007, and they’ll be touring as a trio featuring PATRICK HIGGINS on guitar, the alien drumming of GREG FOX (GUARDIAN ALIEN, LITURGY), and saxophonist SAM HILLMER. The New York Times hails ZS for creating “conceptual art objects that set form and content against each other – like, say, a perfect birthday cake made out of sawdust, or a perfect hammer made out of feathers.” On their recent cassette release on Accidental Guest Recordings, Chicago trio KWAIDAN creates 36 minutes of pulsing and building tension that sonically breaks and builds, filling every possible space with enveloping cymbal and drum explosions. Local stop-and-go post-punkers PAPER MICE smash together the musical intensity of a disjointed BLOOD BROTHERS release and the gruff vocals of a man who has just shot his last nerve, and are sure to inspire twitchy dance patterns, if not violent abandon and rioting in the streets.

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