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Narrows

8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

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Botch was not the only band making artistic, relevant hardcore records at the end of the 1990s, but it's seemingly the only one not reuniting for Coachella. Since its demise, members furthered the band's legacy in groups such as Minus the Bear and Russian Circles. Singer Dave Verellen, who did time in These Arms Are Snakes and Roy, now fronts the post-hardcore powerhouse Narrows. Driven by Verellen's tough but not "tough guy" vocals, Narrows captures the essence of his former outfit without creative backtracking; the band omits the breakdowns that [insert Warped Tour screamo band here] cherry picked from the Botch catalog and comes off like a rowdier, metal-aware Drive Like Jehu.

St. Louis Connection: Rob Moran from Narrows was previously in Unsane with Dave Claibourn from local band Johnny Angel.

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