Formed in Seattle by former members of hardcore tech powerhouse Botch and mathy indie-rock band Kill Sadie, These Arms Are Snakes defined an era and a movement in heavy thinking people music on their first tour from 2002 to 2009. Injecting the gnarled complexity of their earlier bands with a swing and throb worthy of the most propulsive noise-rock acts of Touch and Go’s heyday in the early 90s, the music of These Arms Are Snakes has become the platonic ideal of early posthardcore: tough but fun, sassy and provocative, challenging but catchy. After delivering three albums of aggressive, genre-bending songs full of fuzzy bass, alien synths, clashing vocals and lush guitar walls, the band broke up and its members all moved on to other projects. drummer Chris Common works as a record producer, and bassist Brian Cook went on to build one of heavy music’s most prolific resumes, maintaining the low end in Russian Circles and Sumac, contributing session work by Mammal and Mouth of the Architect, and maintain the solo project Torment & Glory. Last August, These Arms Are Snakes reunited for a weekend of reunion shows in their hometown, and in April they released Duct tape and shivering crows via Suicide Squeeze. A compilation of off-album tracks and early demo recordings, the disc shines a light on their humble beginnings and proves they still had gas in the tank when they went their separate ways. When the full-fledged reunion tour of These Arms Are Snakes arrives at Lincoln Hall (with Louisville trio Young Widows opening), you can see how the years have dealt with their angular sounds and singer Steve Snere’s messy, self-destructing performances. .
These arms are snakes, Young Widows, Thu 06/16, 8 p.m., Lincoln Room2424 N. Lincoln, $25, 18+