Chicago art-rock and post-hardcore act Shellac is hitting the road for its second tour in support of 2014’s phenomenal Dude Incredible. A supergroup comprised of members of Big Black, Mission of Burma, Rapeman and more, the power trio is helmed by revered underground godfather and producer Steve Albini. You might be vaguely familiar with Albini’s body of work, having produced records for Slint, Nirvana, Mogwai, Jawbreaker, Page & Plant and Joanna Newsom, to name a few.
Upon its release, Dude Incredible smacked hard against the glass ceiling of Pitchfork’s 8.0 rating system, receiving critical acclaim for the LP, which broke seven years of silence, much to the delight of fans. Taking the previous formula of 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound down to bear bones, Shellac tears through time changes and bizarre breakdowns without leaning on a single longwinded prog-rock build. The band has learned to say in 30 minutes what used to take nearly an hour.
Shellac combines the varied experience of its members and couples it with Albini’s engineering prowess to create tight, challenging noise rock that is as astounding in size and scope as it is in delivery. Keen attention to detail and tension-building through silence is a constant in Shellac’s music. Anticipation can be just as important as the payoff.
Folk-punk songwriter Shannon Wright joins Shellac 8:30 pm Friday, July 10, at WOW Hall; $13 adv., $15 door. All ages. — Joshua Isaac Finch