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Hear the raw new EP from Chicago's Meat Wave

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Meat Wave
Katie Hovland

Like all the best rock bands, Chicago’s Meat Wave—no, not that Chicago meatwave—sounds destined for hazy nights spent drinking cheap beer. The lo-fi garage group shares some DNA with current no-frills acts like Japandroids and Cloud Nothings, but singer Chris Sutter’s distinctive sneer sets it apart. Together with the Windy City trio’s power chord squall, Sutter’s voice recalls vintage alt singers like Perry Farrell and Black Francis. It’s completely badass.

Next week, Meat Wave releases its Brother EP, the follow-up to its 2012 self-titled debut. At a breezy 17 minutes, the seven-track EP flies by—but it bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue. Meat Wave describes Brother as an “odds and ends collection” featuring old leftovers and newly penned tracks. It bodes well for their next full-length, which the band expects out later this year.

For now, EW has the advance stream of Brother. Check it out below, along with the video for “Brother,” which is pretty much the weird, art-school kid sibling to Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” video.

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