Fashioning the arty noise of Sonic Youth, the dynamic knottiness of Slint and the tense fury of Hüsker Dü and a litany of early Dischord acts into a sound uniquely their own, North Carolina foursome Polvo helped define and influence indie-rock (and subset math-rock) via their initial eight-year, four-LP run from 1990 to 1998. The band split amicably a decade ago, but re-formed earlier this year (with a new drummer) when Explosions in the Sky invited Polvo to play the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in England. The subsequent U.S. touring the quartet has done this summer has gone so well that they plan to record a new album in the fall. "I dont think there was ever a sense of unfinished business," singer-guitarist Ash Bowie recently told me, "but it's great to get this chance to revisit some old songs we like and to write some new ones."
Fri., Sept. 5, 8 p.m., 2008