Scaling Mount Analogue

Post-punk dubstep and harsh noise all await local music fans this month

Last month this column briefly mentioned a new band in town rising from the ashes of prog-rock alchemists Ahnabith Gish and garage-pop sweethearts Sudden Infant Dance Syndrome. Dubbed Mount Analogue the band conjures a penetrating post-punk racket only hinted at by their list of influences (The Pop Group The Birthday Party Wire Mi Ami). Well the fledgling four-piece are off and running. Playing shows in Calgary and Edmonton this month and with a sleek three-inch CD EP hot off the presses (which you can preview at their Myspace page myspace.com/mtanalogue) the band seems as restless as their music suggests.

“We don’t like to belabour everything” says drummer Jesse Locke. “We’re trying to get a bunch of EPs out really quickly — we’re just recording it all ourselves and just kind of making it on the fly and keeping on rolling. That’s what is going to happen with this band — it might crash and burn sometimes or it might like start a riot in your heart.”

Catch Mount Analogue this Thursday March 5 at Broken City with spaz-rock kindred spirits Vancouver’s Fake Shark Real Zombie and local indie-folk newcomers Bikeland. That same day catch a special CJSW performance on The Failed Pilot from noon to 2 p.m.

Elsewhere around our dreary city this month variety is key. On Saturday March 7 up-and-coming hip hop and dubstep crew Front Line Infantry will storm Lord Nelson’s pub at 10th St. and Eighth Ave. S.W. with a special down-and-dirty performance they like to call In The Trenches. Also on Saturday March 7 underground U.K. noise artist — and former Calgarian — Green Mist will give a special free performance at Emmedia. The show boasts that it will consist of “harsh” noise but disappointingly earplugs will be provided.

If you feel like your hike up Mount Analogue didn’t quite satisfy your inner animal then spend Saturday March 14 at the Palomino for “Sexual Outlaws A Night of Deviancy.” Local performance collective Swallow-a-Bicycle will host a saucy exhibition of art music bodies and urges featuring the impulsive songwriting of Kris Demeanor the raunchy blues of The Firm Handshake and the loose-lipped rock ’n’ roll of Seven Storey Redhead.