As one of the anchors of the current Chicago scene, Disappears are a hard band to outshine. They headlined this night’s Glasslands show featuring Lotus Plaza (that recording [HERE]) and the Brooklyn guitarist Noveller (that recording coming soon) the same way that they carried a previous show I attended with the startling Brooklyn band The Psychic Paramount: by being relentless, sharp and ready with an album’s worth of killer new songs. At that earlier show, the band’s new record Pre Language was unreleased. With the album now having been out for a little while, the already-tight band is completely dialed in on the new songs, which represent their best and most approachable material to date. Disappears deliver a dark, overdriven style of rock, with a Sonic Youth-reminiscent guitar squall backing the Mark E. Smith-reminiscent vocals of frontman Brian Case, processed through a megaphone-style effect. They’re the right band to propel the end of a night – and not just because it gave everyone confirmation that Steve Shelley has landed on his feet post-Sonic Youth.
Predictably, this set was heavy on Pre Language material, including “Replicate”, which we first experienced at the Union Hall show last year, and new favorites like the title track and “Hibernation Sickness”. The sound benefited heavily from the band’s touring engineer, who worked with them on the album and tuned the upgraded Glasslands sound system to perfection.
We recorded this set in the same manner as the Lotus Plaza recording, with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones and a soundboard feed. The sound is even better than that recording due to the aforementioned engineer’s flawless mix. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!
Stream “Hibernation Sickness”
Stream “Pre Language”
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03 Pre Language
05 Minor Patterns
06 Hibernation Sickness
07 Fear of Darkness
11 Love Drug
13 Brother Jolene