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March 19, 2014 at 6:55 AM

This Will Destroy You’s doomsday post-rock at Barboza | Concert preview

This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You performs live in Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Nicholas Daughtry.

Austin’s This Will Destroy You, who play Barboza Wednesday, are often cross-referenced with Explosions in the Sky due to their shared home city and post-rock inclinations.

Yet where Explosions’ dulcet guitarscapes conveyed a certain optimism, This Will… isn’t interested in that. If the former’s music lent itself to football action and tear-jerking drama — and it did, in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” — the latter’s is better suited for long, cold walks through apocalyptic wreckage — think 2009’s “The Road.”

On its second and most recent studio album, 2011’s “Tunnel Blanket,” the four-piece takes the pin-drop-quiet to cover-your-ears-loud dynamics characteristic of the genre and — as if to emphasize the “destroy” part of its name — smashes them up against ambient bass murmur and gnarled guitar stabs, lurching forth at molasses-slow tempos more befitting of doom and drone.

Clocking in at an hour, the eight-song LP might not be the best starting point for post-rock novices, but it stands as a worthy addition to the canon — and implies the sort of live spectacle that drags showgoers under and doesn’t let up until it’s over.

This Will Destroy You, Silent Land Time Machine
8 p.m. Wednesday at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or thebarboza.com)

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