Of the 120-plus bands who will perform at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, none will create the kind of sounds issued by Wolf Eyes, noisemakers from Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges.
Like those hometown forefathers, Wolf Eyes is known for high-volume chaos — experiments in derangement. Henry Rollins puts them among his favorite “noise terrorists. It’s modern avant-meets-stoners in a basement.” Theirs is an inflammatory mix of post-industrial-rock and noise rock, as abstract as it is raw and raucous.
In 2013, the band released “No Answer: Lower Floors,” its first album in four years. Several reviews have called it the band’s most refined recording, if it has ever been refined: “It’s the clearest, most detailed record in their vast catalog,” the Pitchfork reviewer wrote, a dynamic mix of darkness and light, noise and withdrawal. Wolf Eyes will perform on the Riot Room patio on April 4 (Friday night).
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