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Preview: Des Ark at Gasa Gasa

The punk duo performs with Saintseneca Jan. 20.



Des Ark singer/songwriter Aimee Argote repeatedly refers to Virginia folk/punk Gemini Pygmy Lush as her "all-time favorite band," "the greatest band on earth" and other such genuflections. Along with sharing space on Lovitt Records' catalog, the two acts are equally versed in messing with their fans' heads, endearing a base at one decibel level while two-timing with another. Loose Lips Sink Ships, Des Ark's bristling 2005 debut, stands alone in time and sound and fury, but you don't have to dig deep to find that attitudinal presence in the band's later work — Argote just doesn't need to shout it anymore, letting the thick emotions that saturate her songs coagulate rather than wringing them out. On 2011's Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the F—ker and Everything Dies (issued in September on Graveface), Argote amplifies her melodic gods and turns down everything else: "Ties" reddens and purples like a fresh bruise, but levity comes in the form of "Don Taco and His Hot Sauce Toss," softening the blow with a spirit-lifting clap-along jaunt, and the truth-telling "French Fries are Magical," which sparkles with piercing acoustic clarity. She also stakes a claim to the two most plaintive tracks to have the word "motherf—ker" in the title, so perhaps we'll get to hear that old snarl after all. Ohio's Saintseneca, whose 2015 LP Such Things (Anti-) conjures up fond memories of early Neutral Milk Hotel and Decemberists flirtations, headlines; New Holland opens. Tickets $10.

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