Child Abuse make brutal children's music at Will's Pub


Their moniker is as lurid as a particularly sketchy power electronics ensemble, but fear not, the members of Child Abuse (which includes two no-doubt doting dads), take pains to clarify that their band name is more of a descriptor than an intent: “brutal children’s music,” which somehow makes total sense. For indeed, Child Abuse is a bass-electronics-drums explosion of loud, attention-starved tantrums right in line with, say, a Christmas without the right presents on offer. Bassist-vocalist Tim Dahl will be familiar to sharp-eyed and scum-oriented local concertgoers, being a member of Lydia Lunch’s torture brigade when she supported the Genitorturers here last summer. Child Abuse’s music will be likewise familiar to devotees of the singular Skin Graft aesthetic: grimy chaos, art pranks and blown-out noise masking (accidental or not) adventurous compositions. There are some callbacks to the new “no-wave” scene that Skin Graft fostered in the late ’90s, but there’re also more than a few nods to early Butthole Surfers, hesher metal and maybe even a lick or two of free jazz. Maybe. The trio headlines a bill with local fellow travelers Obliterati and Norway’s Golden Oriole. Skronk ’em if you got ’em.

with Obliterati, Golden Oriole | 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $7


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