It isn’t just an anomaly — or is it?
If you’re a fan of metal, be at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, www.warehouse21.org) on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. for an all-ages showcase. Headliner Anomaly, which has a few New Mexico connections, hails from Phoenix and carries a huge torch for both prog metal and mathcore — Tool and The Dillinger Escape Plan are heavy influences.
Española’s Gutwrench hits a little harder, with nods to Mudvayne and Anthrax. The fourpiece is fast making a name for itself in the local metal scene. Santa Fe’s Exalt slams down some decent experimental metal, while Colossal Swan Dive remains an enigma. It appears nothing has been recorded by the band and nothing biographical is available online. If you like solving a good mystery or just want to shame Colossal Swan Dive into pinning a bio to is social-media presence, go check them out. The cover’s $5.
Before press time, I wasn’t able to get my filthy mitts on a copy of the debut T.V. Killers album, which is being released at the band’s concert in Madrid at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Front man/guitarist/songwriter Bill Palmer, Frogville Records’ whiz-bang engineer, joins his band mate and better half Stephanie Hatfield (vocals, guitar), bassist Matt McClinton, and drummer Mikey Chavez for a night of serious rock ’n’ roll at the Mine Shaft Tavern (2846 N.M. 14, 473-0743). There’s a small cover at the door, and the album will be available for purchase.
Help celebrate the triumphant return of local math-rock outfit As In We, which recently finished up an intense recording session in Portland, Oregon. A new album is in the mix/ master stage, and a sneak peek should be available on the band’s Facebook page in a matter of weeks. Catch As In We and others live at The Underground at Evangelo’s (200 W. San Francisco St., 577-5893), 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12.
Joining the quartet is experimental-rock five-piece Small Leaks Sink Ships. Formed from the ashes of Mesa, Ariz. band Beyond Analog, SLSS crafts intricate rhythms and melodies in the spirit of bands like Minus the Bear and The Mars Volta. It isn’t unusual to see band members trading instruments during their set — and at times, even during a song. Also on the bill is local indie retro-garage-rock band Thieves and Gypsys, which swears stylistic allegiance to the likes of Glasgow, Scotland, band The Fratellis and New Zealand’s The Datsuns. There’s a $5 cover for the show, and this one’s 21-and-over.
I can predict that a good time will be had at Cowgirl BBQ (319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565) on Wednesday, May 15, simply by the name of the band performing that night. Minnesota rockabilly outfit Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats is in the middle of a short tour, and thankfully, the quartet’s stopping in Santa Fe to shake a few floorboards loose.
Matthew “Sprinkles” Spraungel, Chris Wilson, Cody Hillyard, and Matt Kalsnes brew the kind of eight-cylinder psychobilly that forces both country and punk crowds to their feet, and their live shows are some of the most frenzied music events I’ve had the pleasure of attending.
Touring in support of Train to Paradise, a new album released May 9, DB&NNN strings together serious and silly tales of love and horror (“Don’t Go In the Basement,” “Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory”) and frequently bring the witchy-woman narrative to the mix (“She’s a Hellcat,” “Bruja”). Comparisons to the UK’s Frantic Flintstones and Dutch outfit Batmobile are warranted, but Spraungel’s sneering voice is grittier than that of most psychobilly frontmen. Think Darby Crash gurgling cedar mulch. There’s no cover for the 8 p.m. 21-andolder show.
— Rob DeWalt