Sunday, September 14, 2008
BRUNCH: All Scars
D.C. dream team genre-hops, reinflecting the local canon in stages and tactically letting it decompose. This "Early Set," from Early/Ambient, catches the shape-shifters at their least loose, scrapes and chunks aplenty. Bettis delivers his Meta-matic twitcheroo over a damaged battery that pushes the '90s-Dischord playbook a few yards outside its comfort zone. Occasionally the band of brothers — here a Canty, there a Canty — congeals for a righteous Fugazian holler-chorus, but then they back off and start bending strings again. They need their space.