BLACK DICE - MOD PROG SIC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
There are two competing stories about Black Dice. The first is the one told about them: a tale of stony antagonists, wrecking audiences through volume, misdirection, and alien language. This Black Dice is a challenge, an endurance test, a frenzy that leaves listeners permanently different. The second is the story the band members tell themselves in a shorthand developed over decades of collaboration. In this story, the songs are rollicking earworms: magnetic, rhythmic, profoundly catchy, welcome anywhere. Unsurprisingly, the truth has always been somewhere in between – even the bloodletting squall of their first EP had hooks, while a confection like “Roll Up” still lashes out if you get too close. But nowhere have the two versions overlapped as clearly as they do on ‘Mod Prog Sic.’
‘Mod Prog Sic’ is Black Dice’s 7th full-length, & their first in nearly a decade. It’s a wildly propulsive record. It never touches the disassociate state found across so much of their discography, working instead in the harried moments of euphoria that linger just before such breaks. Basslines strain at the end of their leashes, tones bounce like gravity is being switched on & off. Their command is absolute, a choreography performed upon listeners. Since their first show in 1997, working at the edges has taught Black Dice the bliss to be found there. “Mod Prog Sic” is the evidence. If it seems ridiculous to speak of these as pop songs, it’s even more ridiculous to speak of them as anything else.
Presented by Soda Bar & Three One G
This is a 21+ event.