Monday To-Do: Destruction Unit | Rock Candy

Friday, January 24, 2014

Monday To-Do: Destruction Unit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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DESTRUCTION UNIT
9 p.m., White Water.

Led by Ryan Rousseau, a former bandmate of the late Jay Reatard's, Destruction Unit is a low-end-heavy psychedelic rock band that claims to be from the Sonoran Desert, which probably means Phoenix, Arizona, but either way sounds impressively rustic and full of mystery.

I pictured robed, nomadic tribesmen wielding Stratocasters, like those Tuareg rebels who play droning electric blues atop sand dunes in the Sahara. This is pretty far from the truth, but also basically faithful to the spirit of the endeavor: They are steeped in the myth-making aspects of the space-rock tradition, with enigmatic album covers and walls of whirring feedback.

This is altered-states garage rock, with song titles like "Druglore," "Smoke Dreams," and "The World on Drugs." Their recordings are loud and messy, and their live shows have a reputation for being much louder and messier than their recordings.

They'll be at White Water on Monday with R.I.O.T.S.

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