Bumping Your Noggin

Hardcore kids like to party, too, like the kind of partying where you don't necessarily have to worry about getting a massive concussion from slipping on the barf some guy forced out of his body to prove his love for Minor Threat. Hardcore kids with a co-boner for arty weirdness and/or almost-poppy rock music who like to party will especially enjoy the Blood Brothers, an almost scary—and definitely scary good—hard, fast and loud band.

The Blood Brothers are a beehive of aural influence. At first glance, the Seattle outfit is a hardcore band, but their music spans experimental, metal, rock/pop and almost-electro as well, emerging with an inconsistent and unidentifiable catalog. Their first album, 2000's This Adultery Is Ripe, was an attitudinal foray into the aggressive center of the male-band brain. March On, Electric Children and Burn Piano Island, Burn saw the dudes digging deeper, confident in their ability to abandon the hardcore pedantics and nip into some otherness. After the startlingly good Crimes record was released (which caught the notice of critics, hardcore kids and mall rats), the buzz was heady enough to warrant a B-sides, etc. EP to stave off rabid fans. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck was something of a disappointment, leading to their latest, the multiplicitious Young Machetes, which sees the band busting out in a cacophony of sound and purpose, choosing neither end of their spectrum for the musical possibilities in between. Which might be more concussion-inducing than a little spilled barf.

The Blood Brothers with Celebration and Mika Miko at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802;www.theglasshouse.us. Sun., 7 p.m. $13.


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