Black Eyes & Neckties

Sunday, February 10

Here’s the recipe for this Bellingham punk group: 1 cup Catheters for every 2 cups Murder City Devils. Just take the scrappy-thrash vocal approach Brian Standeford used to employ with the Catheters and add it to songs that are structurally, stylistically (and dare I say “eerily”) similar to MCD, and you’ve got Black Eyes & Neckties. They have spooky organ lines, buzzing guitars, horror-inspired lyrics, coarse vocals, ghoulish monikers (Bradley Horror, Davey Crypt), and even some from-the-coffin background vocals like MCD employed so well. It’s like a nostalgia trip for those who are still hung up on Sub Pop’s late-’90s roster. True, the Black Eyes & Neckties live show is a jolt of fake blood, streaked mascara, and windmill arms and legs. But if your Catheters and MCD records are still in good shape, you’d do just as well to stay home. BRIAN J. BARR

Sun., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., 2008

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