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An Albatross

Tuesday, January 17; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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Spazzy art-punks An Albatross make slobbering electro-noise terrorists the Locust look like the Backstreet Boys. The Philadelphia group's 2003 EP, We Are the Lazer Viking, contains eleven songs — or fragments, since the longest tune doesn't even crack a minute and a half — which speed by in a blur of barking screams, militant drumbeats, incoherent guitar shredding and surprisingly cheerful Farfisa organ burbles. Look for a new An Albatross record early this year, but get a sneak preview of the studio madness by partaking of their chaotic live experience: Vocalist Edward Gieda III ended up nude and unconscious during the band's debut 1999 live gig.

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