There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
For latecomers, Steve Wynn is the founding father of L.A.’s seminal Dream Syndicate. Over the course of four albums, the Syndicate forged a feedback-heavy pop style that continues to reverberate in the sounds of countless young bands. Since the Syndicate split in 1988, Wynn has turned out three solo albums and two albums with Gutterballa one-take mid-’80s hard-rocking indie supergroup that included members of House of Freaks, the Silos, and the Long Ryders. His latest solo release, Melting in the Dark, which features members of Matador darlings Come, is Wynn’s credibility ticket to the ’90s. Pared down to the duo of Thalia Zedek, who provides naughty passive-aggressive harmonies, and guitarist Chris Brokaw, Wynn’s band pays homage to the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, and Television, while still maintaining a buzz-bin mentality. Recorded in only four days, the album features two tempos: fast and faster. From the punching backbeat and surf bass line of “Why” to the dissonant feedback and wall-of-sound density of the title track, brutal drums and rollicking guitars dominate Melting’s 13 songs. Even the quieter numbers, like “Silence Is Your Only Friend,” sound like they might explode at a moment’s notice. Not since Dream Syndicate’s 1982 LP, Days of Wine and Roses, has Wynn sounded this raucous. His time has definitely Come.Cathy Alter
Steve Wynn plays Nov. 12 at the Black Cat.