City Paper is not for tourists
The glut of postpunk revival bands that dominated the earlier part of the decade was a welcome trend. It’s too bad that most of those bands eventually became overly preened and stylized, seeming more concerned with rocking a runway than rocking out. The Melbourne, Australia, trio Love of Diagrams, however, can’t be bothered with tailored blazers and asymmetrical haircuts; guitarist Luke Horton and bassist Antonia Sellbach are too busy cloaking their all-consuming love for Siouxsie and the Banshees in boy/girl call-and-response vocals and layers of fuzz. The band’s cold and frantic pop jams are equally appropriate for dancing and brooding alike. Despite having the support of Matador and sharing the stage with the likes of Ted Leo, Sonic Youth, and Les Savy Fav, Love of Diagrams continues to be criminally underappreciated on this side of the world. Hopefully, this fall’s foray through North America will change that. Love of Diagrams performs with Enon and Sleeping People at 8:30 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625.