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Saturday, February 13, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Posted By on Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Scary Kids Scaring Kids are a lot less scary than they want us to believe. Over the years, the Phoenix hardcore band has filtered its myriad influences until it arrived at a sound that finds a surprising amount of balance. While Scary Kids Scaring Kids certainly follow the harsher, more throat-shredding tributaries of the post-hardcore flood, the band does so with a buoyant sense of melody and an emotional songwriting sensibility. On its most recent, self-titled album from 2007, steady drums provide a floor for a twin guitar attack that switches between nimble, videogame-metal lead lines and crunchy riffing, creating a rhythmic/melodic structure that dips its toes in punk, proto-metal heavy rock and pop. Singer Tyler Stevens manages to give Scary Kids’ songs both an epic and intimate feel, partially through a judicious use of strident crooning mixed with just enough screaming to retain some street cred. Keyboard undercurrents unite the two halves of the band, offering a consistent soft-focus burnish, even when the rest of the group is veering off into crunching, screaming mayhem. This is your last chance to catch Scary Kids’ multifaceted agro-melodic attack, since the band is breaking up after this tour. The Sleeping and Affiance open for them at 6:30 p.m. at Peabody’s (Peabody’s 2045 East 21st St., 216.776.9999, peabodys.com). Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. — Nicholas Hall

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