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The Old Haunts

Friday, May 5, at the Sleeper Cellar.

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The first full-length release from the Old Haunts, Fallow Field, slapped together the band's first two EPs and featured three different lineups. But don't think that the Haunts haven't gotten their shit together since then. The trio's second release, Fuel on Fire, is due this May on Kill Rock Stars. The group deals in the defiant. Craig Extine's voice, sometimes recalling that of Television's Tom Verlaine, bares his insolence and self-loathing in almost every line: We used to watch the days light up with the sun/The modern world has given up/I shut my mouth, did as I was told. Lay that over prickly garage riffs with surf undertones and staccato drumming, and the tone comes out dark. But it definitely feels good.

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