Amid a seemingly endless slew of traditionalism in underground rock, Here Lies Man — the fuzz-‘n’-funked-up brainchild of Antibalas guitarist/vocalist Marcos J. Garcia — tread a different path.
What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?
If your answer for the question isn’t, “Well, that would be fucking awesome,” then you can probably count yourself among the “not gonna get it” above, but as a thematic foundation for the sonic territory that Here Lies Man are exploring, it’s a question as appropriate as it is evocative.
Chicago’s Axis: Sova began as a solo guitar-noise outlet for Brett Sova, accompanied only by a drum machine, the Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger. Over the course of many tours and several records (for God? Records, Ty Segall’s imprint for Drag City), Axis: Sova has evolved into a trio featuring Sova, Tim Kaiser and Jeremy Freeze. Hip-shaking their sweet n’ sweaty basement riffs along to the corrosive groove of that same TR-66 drum machine, they’re often described as punk, psych, and perhaps most succinctly, “the prime movers of robo-boogie for the central United States,” (NPR).
Mad Squabbles spins metal before and after the show.