Digital Leather

Though the name conjures something like biker techno, Digital Leather is closer to synth punk, which still fits the name rather neatly. Burping synths, ping-pong beats, and fuzz-coated choruses guide multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree to noisy, romantic epiphanies that can’t help but be infectious. Visiting the same post-Jesus And Mary Chain realm of shoegaze and goth spillover as fellow fresh faces Crocodiles and Cold Cave, Digital Leather has landed on Fat Possum’s swelling lineup to release the debut album Warm Brother, following a half-live, half-studio record on the ever-hip Goner Records. Foree has also covered/remixed the Raveonettes and expanded his one-man-act into a full touring outfit, inspiring Jay Reatard to sign on as the band’s manager. Before you accuse him of tapping the zeitgeist, note that Foree has been pursuing Digital Leather in one form or another since 2002. Hopefully he’ll still be kicking it after the global fascination with bleary lo-fi comes to an end. With The Girls and Virigin Islands. DOUG WALLEN

Fri., Oct. 16, 9 p.m., 2009

 
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