Posted October 8, 2007 in

After Minor Threat’s stripped-down, quarter-century-old brand of hardcore punk, it was tough to imagine the genre expanding much—screaming, guitars, drum blasts, and that’s pretty much it, right?

Not if you’re the Blood Brothers. This five-piece from the ‘burbs of Seattle manage to channel some of the serious creative endeavoring of punk rock past and couple it with the raw, unadulterated power. At their earliest inception, the band spewed out unprocessed, unrefined blasts of aural chaos backed by sloppy, distorted guitar and electronic noise. With two dedicated vocalists warbling their way between harsh screeches and goofy staccato spoken-word, the band punctuated their first songs by allowing the drums and vocals to be the driving force, while making the guitar parts minimal.

That style took a noticeable turn with the release of their Crimes album. While not toning down the energy that’s come to define them, the band let its guitar sound blend into the miasma of noise on each track, putting more emphasis on the vocals, drums and keys. They also eased off on the relentless crashing, and infused elements of various other art-rock genres, making their seemingly tired brand of screechy punk refreshing. While the band’s style hasn’t ebbed its edginess, they inject their music with surprising breakdowns and weird, out-of-place changes and bizarre noodling that cements them as one of the most inventive hardcore acts around today. (Phil Fuller)


The Blood Brothers with Celebration and Mika Miko at the Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; Sun., 7 p.m. $13.


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