It List: Thursday
Steel Hook Prostheses/Awen/The Watchers (Good Records): This totally un-Good Records birthday show kicks of at 9pm with the Watchers, a group consisting of Good Records' own Mark Church and two members of Zanzibar Snails. Arlington's SHP plays the kind of minimal, offensive, Whitehouse inspired power electronic noise that will scare loyal Dallas Observer readers almost as badly as your grandparents, and I really can't think of too many genres of music that scare anyone these days. It's pretty solid, truly evil stuff that mysteriously becomes somewhat serene and meditative the more you listen to it. And just as a bonus, it comes from one of the creepiest cities in the United States-- aside from being the largest US city without public transportation (everyone knows that already), Arlington is also the birthplace of the AMBER alert, and one of the best places to see the horrid results of dysfunctional, abandoned suburban sprawl post White Flight. Go south of 20 for a real city planning horror show. In this context, SHP's music makes a lot of sense. Not that I want to shit on Arlington all day, but I've earned the right to if I want. Trust me. Awen is another very interesting local group that I really haven't heard much about until today (somehow). However, I'd highly recommend stopping by their Myspace some of their strangely theatrical tracks. Good stuff.