Though the Pains of Being Pure at Heart may be better known, the Depreciation Guild is no moonlight gig for Kurt Feldman and Christoph Hochheim. In fact, their more renowned project was formed almost two years after the Depreciation Guild. Both groups, unsurprisingly, share influences, but more interesting is where they diverge. While Pains tend toward more classic indie pop with shoegaze accents, the Depreciation Guild prefer to downplay the preciousness, opting for full-bodied paeans to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. The difference is immediately evident on "Dream About Me," the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort, Spirit Youth, which bears all the hallmarks—heavy layers of feedback, breathy vocals, and padded drumming. Much has been made of the Guild's use of vintage NES sounds, but the digital loops are barely audible throughout most of Spirit Youth. And that's just as well—nostalgia this pure needs no gimmicky distractions. Opening for Serena Maneesh. 18+.
Tue., March 30, 8 p.m., 2010