Jon Spencer and the HITMakers at the Echo: Jon Spencer might have recently announced the end of his long running Bluesbreakers project, but he’s back with a new band (the HITMakers) featuring members of Quasi. That same group opens up at the Echo.

The band are touring the Jon Spencer Gets it Lit! album, out now through In the Red Records. The new band features the talents of Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth), Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser), and Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, The Jicks, Quasi). In a statement, Spencer said, “As a long-time fan of her wicked drumming style, I am so very excited to have this opportunity to play with Janet!”

According to the press release, “Every show will be opened by a full set from Janet and HITmaker Sam Coomes championship tag-team, Quasi! Guaranteed to be a tour for the ages!!! True heroes of the underground! Freak forces combined and multiplied in this indie-rock dream bill!”

And of the new album, “Spencer Gets it Lit is classic Jon Spencer taken to the extremis – electro-boogie, constructivist art pop, a psychedelic swamp of industrial sleaze and futurist elegance. It is an epic master work of freak beat from the world’s weirdest garage. Across brain-boggling layers of fury, fuzz guitar, and a crash-bang battery of phaser blasts, photon torpedoes, and otherworldly zounds, he frantically spits, croons, rhapsodizes, and seduces. Spencer Gets It Lit is his most complex and groovy record in years, a dark, danceable odyssey – both a studied take-down of the early 21st century, and a celebration of the place where electricity meets the mind.”

Jon Spencer and the HITMakers at the Echo: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at the Echo.


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