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Frog Eyes

8 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.



Frog Eyes frontman Carey Mercer's keening wail and unpredictable destruction of his own lyrics drive listeners away rather than draw them in. However, his guttural utterances and voice-as-instrument style are refreshingly human — especially in an age when bands are likely to cover up their imperfections with effects and chicanery instead of embracing their shortcomings. The band gestated in the same noise-laced pop petri dish as the equally inaccessible Xiu Xiu and hails from the same paddling pool as fellow Canadians Destroyer and Wolf Parade. (The latter's Spencer Krug is a former member of Frog Eyes, and is in the band Swan Lake with Destroyer's Dan Bejar and Mercer.) But Frog Eyes has an unmistakable sound that's erratic and operatic, with a penchant for verbosity, mythic themes and nine-minute songs of indeterminate structure. The real pleasure, however, comes from listening to the sweep and crash of Mercer's deranged vocalizations.