If you didn’t know this by now—and really, you should—Conspiracy of Thought are one of the IE’s best bands, a foursome whose intricate, metal-rooted music runs far deeper than you might think. That is, if you’re close-minded enough to assume that bands with deafening guitars, pummeling drums and growly vocals are pretty much all the same. But COT are different—they long ago figured out that penning songs about hot chicks is a creative dead-end. These guys actually read, and all that self-educating has also made them one of the IE’s most literate bands, with a socio-political conscience that makes you want to not only bang your head, but fill it up with Noam Chomsky texts afterwards. Really, they’re at the creative flashpoint of a whole new genre we’d love to see explode—“Intelli-metal,” anyone?
Their new album Colorblind is a perfect COT primer, with songs that touch on the military-industrial complex, Columbine, Darfur and the Iraq war. But for a more complete picture of the band, we suggest heading to Schooner’s Saturday for a party celebrating not only Colorblind’s release, but the premiere of a 20-minute documentary on COT, where the band is shown rocking this year’s Inland Empire Music Awards (they walked off with the Best Hard Rock Band prize), and generally offering their POV on the screwed-up world we all live in. And of course, they’ll play. Very loudly. (Rich Kane)
Conspiracy of Thought perform with Phoenix and the Turtle at Schooner’s, 1280 E. Washington St., Colton. Sat., 9 p.m. $5. All ages. www.myspace.com/conspiracyofthought.