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Opener of the Week: Roman Remains
Support the support acts! Opening bands are more than a commercial break—it’s your preview of the next big attraction. Get to know our pick of the week, and get to the show early to see them live.
By Selena Fragassi/For Sun-Times Media
You might call it a comeback. While this night’s WXRT Flashback Concert is in homage to the pioneering electronic forefather Gary Numan (“Cars”), the title certainly translates to opener Roman Remains. The duo is channeling serious vibes of Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral (“This Stone is Starting to Bleed”) and Homogenic-era Bjork (“Animals”) in their brand of nostalgic industronica, happily celebrated with Zeal on their debut like it was shot out of a loaded confetti gun owned by Dave Gahan.
If the names of the band members, Liela Moss and Toby Butler, sound familiar, you might recognize them from their marquee act, the British rock band The Duke Spirit. (Don’t worry they’re not breaking up.) This new project, which levels out the modernity with touches of Goldfrapp and School of Seven Bells, was rather started on a whim and blueprinted on a tower of keyboards during a tour break.
Moss, not one for the solo spotlight (even if she is the fashion muse of Phillip Lim and the late Alexander McQueen), turned to what was familiar and enlisted her bandmate Butler and her friend Dhani Harrison (George’s son) to realize a new creative vision that moves beyond Duke to make her a pure Dutchess. Zeal was later released on Harrison’s label HOT Records and although he made some guest appearances in several of the band’s live shows in their new hometown of L.A. recently, don’t count on him coming to this date at Metro.
There are far better motives to see Roman Remains live anyway. Moss is a verifiable front woman, the Edie Sedgwick siren for music’s art pop avant garde. And the addition of Bradford Lee on live drums provides the needed filler to make Roman Remains the new classic.
With: Gary Numan
When: 9 p.m., March 29
Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark
Info: (773) 549.4140; etix.com