Antisocial Distortion

Way back in 1958, guitar legend Link Wray gave birth to the art of noise when, on a whim, he dug holes into his amp for the recording of “Rumble.” The resulting two and a half minutes of danger-laden distortion and feedback got banned, became a hit, and provided the experimental template for 50-plus years of rock ’n’ roll, from garage to punk to grunge. And even today, the fetish for fuzz tone remains strong, with the latest musical wave of Wray-style weirdoes hitting Churchill’s Pub this Thursday.

Kicking things off at 8 p.m., local noiseniks Melted Sunglasses, Teepee, and Electric Bunnies will open for a pair of crazed Chicago crews — scum punk screamers the Krunchies and mangled pop janglers Smith Westerns. Among them, these five so-called garage punk bands illuminate the full spectrum of a half-century’s worth of musical evolution. So grab a fistful of five-dollar tickets and join the garage punk gang fight, because it’s more than a party — it’s an education.
Thu., May 14, 8 p.m., 2009
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S. Pajot