Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
The Band In Room Number 4
Statobahn, founded by Milwaukee music vets David Hucke and Peter Torres, plays heavy rock with a decidedly progressive edge. Bludgeoning guitars agitate against the more celestial tones of organ and other keyboards. The act has a secret weapon, too, in Debbie Seeger's thumping bass. None of the four songs on the group’s debut begs for a club remix, but this quintet isn’t shy about mining the occasional groove. As befitting a band with such expansive proclivities, Statobahn’s lyrics traffic in big concepts. The somewhat vague couplets concerning existential direness both cosmological and personal conspire with vocals a bit shy of the task at hand. It’s the weakest link in an otherwise strong effort that keeps Milwaukee art rock in good stead.
Statobahn performs 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Rooters.