City Paper is not for tourists
There’s something inherently unsettling—and, well, slightly demented—about Dan Melchior’s most recent project, Dan Melchior Und Das Menace. Maybe it’s the Ian Curtis-sounding vocals paired with hectic walls of noise and extremely lo-fi production that make the music sound so jarring. Robbing blues and garage elements of their more earthy accessibility, Melchior fuses them with the cold, detached poise of post-punk. (If the former Billy Childish collaborator and prolific songwriter set out to make mildly sinister orchestrations, he’s certainly got the look right: With pointed eyebrows and a sharp goatee, Melchior looks like he should be tying a silent film star to a set of train tracks.) The sense of unease Melchior’s music inspires is easily its greatest asset, forcing listeners to reconcile being both seduced and unnerved. Though his offerings might not always be easily digestible, they always manage to be exhilarating. Dan Melchior Und Das Menace performs with the Hall Monitors, the Breakups, and Nunchucks at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960.