Humdrum hasn’t skipped a beat since guitarist Gareth Schumacher left the mercurial Midwest weather for the sun-glazed coasts of California. The group recorded an album with Steve Albini and mixed it with Jay Pellicci at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone studios. Aside from polishing that, its third LP, the band is still an active live presence in St. Louis. Its second album, The Arrangement, is as loopy as a space cadet. The band can bounce from cloying piano parts and guitar riffs (“Reproduce”) akin to the Hush Sound to sincere (“Hello Hello Hello”) in two tracks’ time. Dan Meehan’s voice has the thin echo of a penny dropped on marble. Its tinlike sound is sharp, pleasant and achingly sweet. Bill Streeter’s Lo-Fi Saint Louis series recently recorded a video for “I’ll Find You.” Stripped of galactic noises, the band becomes tender and all the more terrestrial. —Blair Stiles THE RIVERFRONT TIMES Man is Man is the newest project from Christa Meyer, formerly of Puerto Muerto, and includes Jacob Ross (Low Skies, The Warmbloods) on guitar, Jed Robertson (Light Pollution) on bass, Ben Kulp (Miami Symphony Orchestra) on Cello and Jason Creps (Low Skies, The Glorious Vapors) on drums.
CaveofswordS is an Indie/Electro MoodPop band from St.Louis. Sunyatta McDermott ex-Fred’s Variety Group; ex-Helium Tapes) makes the words & Kevin McDermot makes the musics.
This free show starts at 9 p.m. in the Eliot Room at the Schlafly Tap Room.