Rock & Pop

Freak Vibe

When: Fri., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. 2014

Bands tend to instinctively reject whatever snappy labels listeners try to tag them with, claiming that descriptors are reductive, inadequate, or misleading. On services such as Bandcamp.com, in which artists tag their own material, these bands opt for jokes or non-musical keywords. Occasionally, though, a band such as the Seattle outfit Freak Vibe holds no illusions about its sound, so the self-tagging function is quite revealing. “Mutant swamp sewer stomp,” Freak Vibe declares, and the music — which combines sluggish and sodden rock, city chains and marsh muck — corresponds. Mutants, freaks, vibes — the tags are a catalog of counter-culture clichés from a crew that doesn’t care enough to pretend otherwise. Sharing a bill with tuneful, local post-punk notable Flesh World at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (420 40th St., Oakland) on Friday, Freak Vibe’s set might not explain one Bandcamp tag, “nuthole,” but that’s just the name of a house where some of the band lives.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $7

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