The front of Abigails LP Tundra (out this winter on Burger!) is Abigails mastermind Warren Thomas alone and stranded in some spaghetti-western desert, and if that doesn’t tell you exactly what this is gonna sound like, it’s only because it would've been logistically prohibitive to put scorch marks on every single cover. Tundra lead track “Twenty Nine” reveals shockingly lush production—for the Abigails, that means you can’t hear the cigarette smoke dissolving the tape—and songs that sound like Alex Chilton producing Lee Hazlewood, or the Gun Club on a turntable that discovered its own speed between 33 and 45. It’s bleak and it’s burned out and that’s just the way we love it. Raise a glass and smash it later.
Sat., June 29, 9 p.m., 2013