Child Bite

To label Detroit's Child Bite deranged would be something of a misclassification; they're a feral post-punk-pop mess held together by paperclips and Ritalin, and it's a shame that more Jesus Lizard fans aren't aware of them. Shawn Knight's agitated, Ross-from-Friends-gone-hardcore yelp is the nexus for cymbal-heavy drums, nervous-tic bass, and the considerable combo of madly shimmying guitars and anxiety-attack keyboards. The more time one spends with their output—last year's Wild Feast, notably—the more apparent it becomes that the method behind Child Bite's madness is an illusion of chaos: Mid-fi production reigns, and Knight's entertaining insanity rubs off on everything else to the extent that it's all too easy to miss the fact that these guys have something approaching actual chops. Is 2009 the year you resolved to give Easter presents to all your pals? Well, we'll help you one-stop your shopping: Invite everybody to this show, drinks on you. Be ready to dance—hard. With Gospel Gossip, Private Dancer, and Sarah Johnson. 21+.
Fri., April 3, 9 p.m., 2009

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