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Women @ the WISE Hall, 4/5/09

A few weeks ago, my friend Mike told me that he had seen Women live, and while they had been good, the set was cut short due to an over-exuberant opening band. Perhaps this is a ploy to get away with playing a shorter set, or maybe they’re just unlucky—whatever the case, Women’s set last night at the WISE Hall was similarly truncated. With a midnight sound curfew looming, the band didn’t take the stage until 11:30, offering an advance apology for the necessary brevity of the performance.

The band opened with a chirpy, ska-infused new song, followed by the bouncy pop-rock of “Black Rice.” But it wasn’t long before things veered into noise-rock mayhem, with a feedback-laden take on “Woodbine.” Much of the set sounded like Liars at their most murky, with the guitar part of one new song consisting of little other than wild open-string strumming and manic whammy bar dives. As on their self-titled debut from last year, Women turned the rhythm section up high, to the point that the vocals were almost inaudible.

After half an hour (down to the minute), the band left the stage with a mumbled thank you, waiting several minutes before granting the audience an obviously-reluctant encore of “Group Transport Hall.” Unlike the snappy, acoustic strumming of the album version, the song was slow and chugging, a fittingly ominous end to a blistering set. It’s just a shame Women didn’t really seem to want to be there.

It’s no surprise that Women ran out of time, since the show had three opening acts. Church of the Very Bright Lights and Kidnapping both delivered solid sets, with each group showing promise, but lacking a strong enough vocalist to deliver on its potential. The clear standout of the openers was the local punk-metal duo Nü Sensae. Dressed in flannel and looking like they had wandered off the set of Airheads, the pair delivered a series of relentless of drum-and-bass thrashers; squealing feedback marred the few brief pauses between songs, ensuring that the audience didn’t have even a moment to catch its breath.
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