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There’s something hopeful about Screen Vinyl Image’s noise. For a while, it made Jesus and Mary Chain-style art pop with harsh beats—the group, more or less, was making in D.C. the same stuff a Place to Bury Strangers was making in New York. In 2010 Screen Vinyl Image is a different band: On “New Vision,” the B-side of its new Fan Death Records 7-inch, it revels in distant, observational vocals, harsh-light ambience, and clean, sequenced beats. That doesn’t exactly make it a cousin of the other bands on Fan Death, who lean toward sonic and thematic assault. If you’ve got a problem with the label, let ‘em know: While Screen Vinyl Image plays the Velvet Lounge’s second floor, Fan Death’s Sean Gray will be DJing downstairs.
SCREEN VINYL IMAGE PERFORMS WITH THE WATER, WE ARE HEX, AND NIGHT AND THE CITY AT 9 P.M. AT VELVET LOUNGE, 915 U ST. NW. $8. (202) 462-3213.