Friday, March 7, 2008

Call Me Lightning

Wednesday, March 12th @ Mohawk Patio – 9:00 PM

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Call Me Lightning, of Milwaukee, WI, play frenetic post-punk informed by The Talking Heads' quirky pop and The Jesus Lizard's rambunctious absurdism. Recent signees to respectable NYC indie label, FRENCHKISS RECORDS (Les Savy Fav, The Hold Steady), CALL ME LIGHTNING entered Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Greg Norman in Summer of '06 to begin recording the follow-up to their 2004 debut, The Trouble We're In (Revelation Records). The result is Soft Skeletons, an eleven song blast of youthful energy, wicked riffery and unapologetic fun.

The sessions for Soft Skeletons bounced rapidly between the enormous live rooms of Electrical Audio's Studio A, the more intimate quarters of engineer Greg Norman's own Studio Greg Studios II and the absolutely tiny lair that is drummer Shane Hochstetler's Headache House studio. The songs were tracked quickly in few takes, not necessarily because the band was under the gun time-wise (though they were), but because Call Me Lightning—as their name implies—like to work fast and keep the raw energy live. They brought in numerous guests, including a ten-deep gang of teenage shouters to act as their youth crew choir on many of the albums tracks.

They have toured all over the country in recent years, sharing the stage with Shellac, Minus the Bear, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Rye Coalition, Amps For Christ, Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, Silkworm, The Plastic Constellations, US Maple, and many others along the way.
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