Disappears’ latest release Guider (Kranky Records) is awash with reverb and delay and propelled by driving guitars and percussion, unwittingly creating audio-visuals of ghosts cutting through a foggy, rainy night. The band takes the atmospherics one step further and even challenges an epic krautrock composition with the epic “Revisiting”. Clocking in at 15:58, its single chord builds and builds with drone-guitars and minimalist chord strokes, egging that idea on. Singer/guitarist Brian Case further creeps the mood out properly with his monotone chanting. Oppositely, Guider’s opening tracks are lively and bright, where Case’s voice howls and shouts alongside the organized chaos of his band mates’ guitars and cymbal-happy drumming.
The Chicago band, comprised of some of that city’s finest rock heroes of The Ponys, 90 Day Men (and currently New York’s Sonic Youth), builds on their past experiences to create a sound that is honed in on driven specifics, nearly machine-like in their output. The only punk variable is Case’s vocals, which slaps the stoic-ness of his band’s music in the face and challenges it. The combination is not very much unlike that of his former band, The Ponys, but ends up sounding more muscular. Disappears recently added even more muscle to their sound by welcoming Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, as a fill-in percussionist while regular drummer Graeme Gibson has split for a new city. The band remarked on their web site that “We’re honored to be playing with someone who’s been such an influence on us.”
Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE today at 12:30 p.m. CST/stream online at WMSE.org to hear a live phone interview with Case on Andy Turner’s “Zero Hour” show. Missed out? Listen back in the WMSE archives.