Grand Archives

Archives was all the buzz in town in 2007. After releasing four demos, they signed a deal with Sub Pop, added the word “Grand” to their name, and went on the road with Modest Mouse. But their self-titled, full-length debut in 2008 was over-produced and included none of the energy of the demos. The follow-up, 2009's Keep In Mind Frankenstein, wasn't any better. But The Villains Demos, released for free on the band’s website in October, on the other hand, show some promise. The closing track, "Are We Coming to Get You?" is the best thing the band's ever released. Brooke's faint voice is at its best when he's not trying too hard, when he's not trying to shove too many words or too much volume into a song. If we hear more of this unfiltered sound on the band’s next record, we may finally hear Grand Archives live up to the excitement of those first demos. With Feral Children, Astronautalis. CHRIS KORNELIS

Sat., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., 2011

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