Formed by hardcore vets who were tired of teenage angst, and by the sound of it, seemingly tired of the chore that is life, Richard Gage Allison and Noel Mateus channeled an epic reserve of dramatic ennui into their new musical vehicle, Pawns. And Pawns channel a whole new world of inner damage. They're postpunk as far as they share the undeniable forward propulsion of a Joy Division or Chameleons but Pawns are gothic with a capital G: the almost impossibly histrionic baritone of vocalist Allison, guitars like little knives, even a rhythm section that seems poised for a nervous breakdown. Think of Sisters of Mercy, She Past Away, Anasazi, or early Siouxsie and the Banshees. Pawns know that there's a beauty in surrendering to the void. Give in to them, and then give up.
with Maudlin, Autarx | 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 | Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | 407-898-0009 | $5