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Pre Language marks the moment Disappears comes into full focus. Merging psych, post-punk, and krautrock styles into one, their third record finds solid footing that gives balance to each facet. The sound's a shade brighter, and the songs are now equal parts Can-inspired grooves and churning rock. There’s a tad more muscle underlying it all, especially in the excellent drumming of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. In fact, comparing the feel of Pre Language to a smoother-edged Sonic Youth isn't far off the mark; many of the tunes transform what might be shapeless murk in a lesser band’s hands into menace with rhythm. The first two tracks are a powerful start, charging steadily on hammered beats, wiry and snaggletoothed guitars quivering with reverb and distortion; Brian Case shouts like Thurston-meets-Iggy to be heard above the din. “Fear of Darkness” moves in a hypnotic groove, slyly building to a tension-filled end, while “Joa” takes a similarly seductive approach, its slinky, spartan beat morphing into a dark and unsettling pastiche of vocal despair and forceful (yet spare) guitar work.


Formed: 2008 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Carving out a space somewhere in the middle of garage punk snarl, shoegaze haze, and Krautrock grooves, Chicago's Disappears feature Brian Case (also of the Ponys and 90 Day Men), Boas members Graeme Gibson and Jonathan van Herik, and Damon Carruesco. The band started when Case's other groups were on hiatus and he was recording demos with Gibson; Gibson brought van Herik into the project, and in turn, van Herik brought Carruesco into the fold. Soon after forming, the band self-released a series of...
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