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Martial Canterel, Dirty Beaches @ (le) poisson rouge
Though their Saturday night show at 285 Kent was your typical hardcore punk smash-em-up, Iceage's choice for support acts last night at (le) poisson rouge might attest to Elias Ronnenfelt's head being more fully immersed in his dreamy synth side project, Var. Sean McBride, from Xeno and Oaklander, played a solo set of his Martial Canterel material, which is somehow even more focused than X & O on analog synth tones delivered at a brisk dance pace.
Dirty Beaches' set was noisier, more aggressive, yet less focused. There were moments when Alex Zhang Hungtai earned the Suicide comparisons he often gets. Primal screams and primitive bleeps do bring you to that formative place for synth-punk (just as three chord punk puts you in mind of the Ramones). But the energy level wasn't sustained enough to suggest the whiff of danger he'd need to consistently pull it off.