Those touchstones suggest the bands moody, edgy sounds, but this band is far from an '80s tribute act (they even call the covers "sequels"). The band uses no guitars (just effected bass, drums and vocals) and visual art is just as big a part of the band as the music. The group mixes slide projections and "body art" into their concerts and they also have created video interpretations of their songs on their Web site (www.cruelmusic.com). With all of the extras, their music is still incredibly strong, split between aggressive, dirty-bass-driven Post-Punk and, on the second disc, a more ethereal approach that suggests a heavy influence of artists from the seminal 4AD label.
At Mad Frog on Tuesday with Tuesday with Madcat and Grane.