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November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

For Portland’s Tragedy, crust never sleeps | Concert preview

Tragedy

Tragedy plays The Highline Saturday. Photographer unknown.

If Portland is the Northwest’s crust-punk capital, consider Tragedy the mayors.

Unwashed and uncompromising, the group — which plays Seattle’s Highline Bar Saturday — has spent the last decade-plus decrying social, political and environmental ills to a backdrop of militaristic rhythms and supremely dirty guitars.

Though the sun never shines in Tragedy’s Rose City, seasonal gloom has never affected the band’s work ethic.

A pillar of self-reliance in a genre that prides itself on that ethos, the foursome, originally from Memphis, has scarcely come up for air since forming in 2000, releasing music under its own Tragedy Records imprint when not bringing its chaotic live sets to basements and venues worldwide.

Notably, Tragedy’s appeal isn’t limited to dreadlocked, tattooed types. The melodic undercurrent beneath the rough-hewn metal riffs and Cookie Monster vocals of albums like 2000’s self-titled (listen), 2003’s “Vengeance” (listen) and last year’s “Darker Days Ahead” (listen) may not register immediately, but surfaces with repeated plays.

Still, grit, speed and power are the band’s governing forces, so be warned — careful in the pit!

Tragedy, Agrimonia, Take Over And Destroy, Deathraid
9 p.m. Saturday at The Highline, 210 Broadway E., Seattle; $13 (206-328-7837 or highlineseattle.com)

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: hardcore, Portland, punk


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