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Sons and Daughters, Bodies of Water
Neumo's, $10, 8 p.m.
"We want to be one of those bands that sounds like a different band with each record," said Sons & Daughters' guitarist Scott Paterson when I spoke with him two years ago. At that time, S & D were brand-spanking new, touring in support of The Repulsion Box, one of my surprise from-across-the-pond faves. Like their Scottish forebears in Fire Engines and Wire, Sons and Daughters played high-tension post-punk, all angular riffs and stiff-shouldered rhythms. Given Paterson's stated goal, who knew what their follow-up, This Gift, would sound like! Oddly enough, it sounds like The Repulsion Box, but with a bolder, more stylish haircut. The differences: Paterson no longer counters frontwoman Adele Bethel's brassy lead with Leonard Cohen deadpanning; the choruses are more memorable; the riffs are bigger and more anthemic. Top that off with shiny production by Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and you've got, if nothing else, a new and improved Sons & Daughters. What remains intact, however, is the unrelenting pace the band keeps with its songs. Their drive can be enough to wear a person out, but the energy they give off is no less inspiring.