Animals With Armour
With Abileen officially disbanded, seasoned songwriter Heidi Phillips (also formerly of '90s alt-rockers Frogpond) is trying something new: a supporting role. Her side-project-turned-only-project, Animals With Armour
, plays its second show ever this weekend, with Phillips on guitar but not vocals. Described by Phillips as "pop-punk with strange twists," the band shares songwriting duties and thrives on its wet-behind-the-ears chemistry. (Lead singer Shawn McGuire had never been in a band before.) "It's a fun, nonserious approach, which is kind of hard for me," Phillips says. But probably not too hard for us to enjoy. Richard Gintowt
Animals With Armour, with Sona and Little Big Man. Thursday, December 28, at Davey's Uptown.