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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on Lazy Boyzzz, Wet Nurse, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and more

Photo: Christopher Garcia, License: N/A

Christopher Garcia

Their next album, IV (out Sept. 27), features more of those milquetoast commercial-rock strands, threatening what was once a seemingly unsinkable battleship. They’re more committed to it this time, and are comfortable enough to make it work better than the last outing, but to move in this direction is curious. There are good reasons, both artistically and professionally, to evolve, but this shift toward the dying middle makes zero sense in terms of sustainability. Pander and you may get more money and profile in the short term, but you may well kill your integrity in the long run, if not for all time. The dark country, swamp or blues edges of their sound are fronts worth mining. But there are already enough dumb, middling Southern rock bands out there.

Their live show (Aug. 2, the Social) still kicked real nuts. It was a WJRR 101.1 show headlined by 10 Years, so the Sons of Disaster’s onstage proclamation that this was the least intense audience they’ve played to here is reasonable compared to what they’re used to. But that’s some nerve for a band that seems to be increasingly bending toward commercial purgatory.

As for 10 Years, I don’t know why people listen to this radio pap. Well, I know why, but they shouldn’t. The band is just another fatality of mixing hardness and emotionality in a way that just ends up blunted at both ends and soft in the middle. Hey, Sons of Disaster, peer into this mainstream abyss.It’s not too late for you, y’know.

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