Local Wire


Conservative Christianity and post-hardcore scree may seem like the most disparate of extremes, but the post-metal sextet Asperity has that juxtaposition beat. Asperity is tight and professional, and 5/6ths of its members are only juniors in high school. With an average age of 17, the Peoria-based "nü Christian" pummelcore band (think: Underoath) stomps through four songs of lacerating riffage and throat-tearing screams on its new EP, Writing the Pages. The message of the band is positive, although you'll need a "squeal lexicon" to debug the scream code embedded in the barbed vocals. Formally christened last January, Asperity started off like every other high school band — rehearsing, playing shows, and posting some demos on MySpace. But the band wasn't prepared for the response it got, getting upward of 16,000 hits a day on its MySpace page. "We have no idea where all the people came from," singer/screecher Daniel Beauvais says. "It's tapered off a bit, but people are starting to hit it again to check out the new stuff." Tapered off a bit. Uh, yeah, to around 3,000 listens a day, which is still impressive for a brand-new band full of guys who're barely old enough to buy tickets to R-rated movies.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Casey Lynch