When Isaac Mann moved back to the Twin Cities a couple of years ago to start a band, he had only two requirements. One, his new project would be guitar-based, and two, high school bandmate Matt Sairio would be involved. Hevy Syrup, a guttural riff-rock band that never sacrifices attitude for subtlety, makes good on both counts. "Guitars have been pushed to the background lately," Mann says, citing the recent explosion of synth-led rock. "But we wanted them to be the backbone for Hevy Syrup." Hevy Syrup's infrequent live shows, as well as personnel changes, have kept them fairly anonymous. But with the lineup cemented by bassist Chance Lunning and drummer Sievert Arsta, and their first proper recording now in hand, the band feel that things are finally starting to fall into place. Last year's Chestnuts EP, recorded over three days with Mike Wisti — frontman for the Minneapolis indie stalwarts Rank Strangers — captures Hevy Syrup as the group was originally conceived: unvarnished and unapologetically loud. With Narco States, Rev Norb & the Onions.
Fri., Aug. 16, 9 p.m., 2013