Bringing back the British Invasion 

The Singles, The Society, Extra Blue Kind
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Saturday, Jan. 27

There’s a point early in musical movements where it really gets exciting — when the shock of new sounds has worn off just a bit, leaving plenty of room for ambitious acts to reinvent what’s already underway. It’s the same thing the Who and the Kinks did to the British Invasion… and the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Considered just dangerous enough to be exciting and just safe enough for mass consumption, fans were steamrolled by these bands’ sheer energy and raw, primal power.

It’s this era — the heady early 1960s of Antonioni’s Blow Up and surreal electric ladylands — that Detroit’s The Singles evokes in their music and, especially, their live act. The Who attacked sets with their guitars; these guys attacked their guitars and mics with similar vicious abandon — The Beatles remixed by crackheads; the 1960s refiltered through the prism of Angus Young and Johnny Rotten. Like surf music on a tidal wave, the Singles were also well served by driving rock performances from two of Indianapolis’ more reliable bands, The Society and Extra Blue Kind. For a while, at least, they sounded reminiscent of when the musical world was young and everything seemed possible.

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