Within the guano-labyrinth that is Wikipedia, this is one of my favorite sentences: “The Ultimate Warriors were a bivocal Powerviolence band from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.” I’m not sure that the powerviolence genre has to be capitalized, but whatever. Members of the Ultimate Warriors eventually founded Pissed Jeans, a univocal band that performs throbbing, eruptive guitar music with weird and/or obnoxious moanin’ and hollerin’ by a deceptively incisive frontman named Matt Kosloff. Lately, Kosloff has been “singing” about project managers, cat allergies, marriage, aging and “the male gaze.” Most contemporary punk- or metal-influenced music sounds kind of dull in comparison. When Pissed Jeans’ fourth album, Honeys, came out a few weeks ago, I stopped listening to Metz, another noisy guitar-oriented band that gets a lot right. Indeed, my enjoyment of aggressive Sub Pop Records bands is a zero-sum game these days, especially when one of the bands has post-powerviolence finishing moves.
Pissed Jeans performs with White Lung at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.