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Wednesday, November 21st: Mergence @ Sail Inn
How can a self-respecting weirdo rock 'n' roll songwriter stand apart from the crowd? How does one manage to craft songs about typical tropes (love, freedom, and self-discovery) without sounding, well, typical?
"Society's got strong robot hands / And it's a well-oiled machine / A metal soul / And sharp bloody metal robot teeth," Bruce sings in "Me and My Family vs. The Robots," from The Vibrant Young People are Dead, released by the band earlier this year. "My current status is 'Fuck you, robot!'/ You'll never take us alive."
The song is huge, a rock epic that lies somewhere among the sounds of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, and Cold War Kids, but the band often gives in to space-rock tendencies, with vamps and riffs that sound like they may have escaped from the grooves of some unreleased Pink Floyd LP.
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