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We’ll skip the obvious joke about band titles with double v’s and say that indie rock seems to really love its noise these days: Nottingham, England’s Lovvers, however, serve up a much more elemental tonic to the brainier stuff we’ve become used to on this side of the pond. As part of its first U.S. tour, the group plays tomorrow at Comet Ping Pong with Small Doses and Cigarbox Planetarium.
The influences listed on Lovvers’ MySpace seem to shuffle through the dirtiest examples early ’80s American punk rock (The Germs, Wipers, The Real Kids), and since forming in 2006, the band has earned a raucous live reputation—its promotional material proudly quotes a letter to the editor in Kerrang! describing one performance as “highly offensive.” In other words: Expect young, loud, and snotty.
The contrarian ethos doesn’t just manifest itself as teenage nihilism (though there’s plenty of it on Lovvers’ blistering, 13-minute Think EP from 2008, in songs like “Teenage Shutdown” and “Wasted Youth”). There’s volume, sure, but Lovvers also tease at the aural iconoclasm of a Brainiac or Pussy Galore, with heavily distorted vocals and elliptical song structures. Things never get too thoughtful, though, or too precise: The primary mode is id-fueled release.
Lovvers drop their debut full-length, OCD Go Go Go Girls, in the U.K. in August. The American release is TBA.
Friday, July 17 | Lovvers with Small Doses and Cigarbox Planetarium | Comet Ping Pong | 8 p.m. | $10 | all ages