Gauche are a most unusual band. With members based in Washington, D.C., and Providence, Rhode Island, they stir up post-punk laced with provocative lyrics on their full-length debut, A People’s History of Gauche (Merge Records). Such frantic and funky tracks as “Surveilled Society” and “Cycles” are rooted in herky-jerky rhythms paired with flat vocal chanting. Jason P. Barnett’s angular guitar riffs wiggle alongside Adrienne CN Berry’s saxophone punctuations. At times, Gauche invoke the inventive post-punk rhythms of The Slits and The Raincoats, mixed with a little Mo-Dettes pop and layered with Bush Tetras–style declamations. (A more modern reference point might be L.A.’s French Vanilla, who share some of the same influences.) Openers Trap Girl transmute their own sonic and social subversions into a more overtly furious form of hardcore punk. Plus, Guppy.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.; $12. (213) 389-3856, www.bootlegtheater.org.