Want some music? Just add weather. Sunny days sometimes lead to the breeziest of songs while being shut in by Minnesota snowfall, we imagine, yields the claustrophobia-in-a-blender noise of post-punk rockers Gay Beast.
Led by the stabbing vocals and pulsing synths of Daniel Luedtke (whose retina-buzzing art also adorns the band's various releases), Gay Beast deftly funnels its deliberate clamor into tight bursts of delightfully unsettling time-signature shifts. Isaac Rotto's guitar crunches out chunky riffs doused with some occasional spacey-ness while Angela Gerend doles out concussive percussion.
Formed in 2005, the band released its second full-length album, Second Wave, in 2009 on Skin Graft Records, which is a Midwestern collector of the skillfully weird. The groups seven-inch, Multipurpose Antiform on Tempe-based Gilgongo Records, is the perfect storm of its full-throttle neo-wave ambitions.