Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing guitarist and vocalist Chris Elizaga once told me, “With metal, people take things very seriously. But we’re all very happy, giggly people. We didn’t want anything to be serious about the band except for the music.” While there’s plenty of whimsy in their schtick (matching suits, silly nicknames and apocalyptic light shows), the material is progressive metal at its finest. Thanks in part to the jazz background of drummer Brandon Elizaga and a collective love of experimental sonic architects Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Smooth Sailing create mesmerizing, mathematical metal that singes the senses. With Audiwasska Travelers, Git Some, Countdown to Armageddon. HANNAH LEVIN

Wed., Sept. 29, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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