Even among the early punk rock bands, 45 Grave stood out most scarily. Their songs had all the requisite punk ferocity, but a track like “Black Cross” also drifted into bizarre, previously uncharted musical territory. The song’s initial stop-and-start hardcore chords and lead wraith Dinah Cancer’s chilling wails were already intense, but soon the music plunged into a dark and twisting rabbit hole, with strange time signatures and psychedelic wallowing infused with mystical bell chimes. While the original lineup of 45 Grave —with brilliantly mad and inventive guitarist Paul Cutler, somberly foreboding bass/doom-bringer Rob Ritter and manic Germs drummer Don Bolles — were an uncanny combination of influences and an awesome force of anti-nature, Ms. Cancer has managed to conjure much of the same morbid dread and exhilarating punk fury with newer musicians. Plus, goth-punk collective Kommunity FK and DJ Youth (Killing Joke).
The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; $15; ages 18 & over. (213) 413-8200, www.ticketfly.com/event/1883595-45-grave-kommunity-fk45-los-angeles.
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