The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: October 2013
The Conformists with Yowie, Staer (NORWAY), Child Abuse (NY) at Schlafly Tap Room
8 p.m. | Free
After switching lead singers in late 2011, the Conformists mostly went into hiding. From just few shows in 2012 to nearly none this year, the group scaled back and hit the basement. As its members continue to work on a followup to 2010's None Hundred, we get a sneak preview, live and in person. St. Louis math-rock legends Yowie augment the gig with a brain-bending argument of warped guitars behind the sharp percussion of Shawn O'Connor, whom we recently named best drummer in St. Louis.
Really, you should look into attending because there's a noise-rock band coming all the way from NORWAY called Staer. This young trio tears through songs that feel frighteningly dark and complex. Brooklyn's Child Abuse joins Staer on a three-week tour through the States and will round out this bill with its own jangly, angry noise-rock.