Chromatics have come a long way since their first records, which typified the kind of post-punk racket that wouldn’t have felt out of place at a D.C. basement show in the early 2000s. Since the band’s major left turn toward sleek, hypnotic disco with 2007’s Night Drive LP, Chromatics have fit in nicely with the rest of the smart, hip dance music on their label Italians Do It Better. On this year’s magnificent Kill For Love, writer-producer Johnny Jewel has perfected his brand of chilling, moody electronic music, the likes of which were also heard on his Symmetry project’s engrossing Themes For an Imaginary Film. In “The Page,” the beat struts alongside a slicing guitar line right before vocalist Ruth Radelet laments, “But when I dream of who we were, I slip away/ Like the pages of the book I’d never get to write.” Local opener Protect-U is a fine complement: That duo’s reverence for krautrock, excitable new age, and handclap recreations sidles right up next to Chromatics’ spindly chill.
Chromatics perform with Protect-U at 8:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (202) 388-7625.