Thursday, December 2, at El Torreon.

A Static Lullaby 

Thursday, December 2, at El Torreon.

Thursday really fucked everything up when it released 2001's Full Collapse. It wasn't the first -- or, some would argue, the best -- album of its kind, but it did create a cookie-cutter formula that nearly every post-whatevercore band has copied. But whereas most of these acts scramble to sound indistinguishable, the members of A Static Lullaby have become the genre's technicians. Tighter guitars, faster breakbeats, louder screaming and -- God help us all -- even more off-key vocals come together to create a sound that certainly isn't original but at least takes some hard work to create. Even after all the chemicals have been ro-manced and the Sundays, um, taken back, A Static Lullaby proves that it is, in fact, possible to get blood from a stone -- if you're willing to squeeze a little bit harder.

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