A name like Blood on the Wall usually indicates a band whose tendencies lean more towards the nÃ¼ metal end of the spectrum, but this Brooklyn-based band is anything but. Returned to Lawrence after seven years gone, guitarist/vocalist Brad Shanks seems at times to channel the sass and strained throatiness of Frank Black in his Pixies heyday, as the band (consisting of Brad's sister Courtney and now fellow Bandit Teeth member Zach Campbell on drums) captures the distorted, low-fi swagger the likes of GoGoGo Airheart and Pavement. Out this month on the Social Registry label, the band's third album, "Liferz," sees the band coming on a bit faster and grittier, but with the same playfulness of the first two releases.After three years of lineup changes and extended hiatuses, The Dactyls (formerly Terrordactyls) have been mad busy lately with the addition of drummer John Momberg and extreme bro-ductivity from twins Nick and John Bergwell. Guitarist Brendan Costello rounds out the quartet, which channels the glory days of Pavement and Archers of Loaf with their own special vanilla/chocolate twist.The fellows of Bandit Teeth may not take themselves seriously, but don't let that fool you-this trio of Lawrencians has reestablished itself (after a seven-year hiatus) as a highly viable draw for their brand of high-energy, punk-influenced indie rock. Sharing members with Blood on the Wall, Bandit Teeth also shares the influence of early '90s college rock, evident in the labored vocals laid over strong hooks.
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