Lance Mercer Feral Children play Neumos with John Atkins. Tickets are $8 for the 8 p.m. show.
From This Week's Rocket Queen Column:
Feral Children's 2007 debut, Second to the Last Frontier (reissued by their current label, Sarathan, in 2008), garnered them critical hosannas, heavy rotation on KEXP, and a fiercely loyal fan base. Their sophomore release, Brand New Blood (released last week), was three years in the making, and bears some of the effects of that success.
With a more leisurely timetable and the security of a supportive label, the Children were able to marinate in their ideas a bit longer, producing tender bits such as the shimmering, disarmingly romantic "Universe Design." But the band still maintains its signature rabid edge on darker numbers like "Inside Night," with its descriptions of cutting off body parts for food and an ominous closing refrain: "These people are evil/These people are evil/These people are evil." HANNAH LEVIN