With the help of vocalist Mark Lanegan, Britain’s Soulsavers put together an album with Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, Mike Patton of Faith No More, and Martyn LeNoble of Porno for Pyros. But instead of a crappy update of ’90s alt-rock, Broken, released last month, features Haynes and company making dark, symphonic pop. The results are as morose as an English rainy day. “All the Way Down” and “Praying Ground,” are raspy-vocaled takes on a Southern dirge; “By My Side” is an emotional, made-for-TV ballad; And “Wise Blood” is the kind of scenic instrumental around which WWF fundraising drives are built. And they can conjure that same sort of sadness onstage, without the aid of a Macbook.
SOULSAVERS PERFORM AT 8 P.M. WITH JONNEINE ZAPATA AND RED GHOST AT THE ROCK & ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $15–$18. (202) 388-7625.