Marquee: The Styrenes at the Summit

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Back in 1975, when Cleveland was cultivating some of history's most monumental art punk (Pere Ubu, The Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs), Paul Marotta of violent provocateurs the Electric Eels and Jamie Klimek of Velvet Underground-loving proto-punks The Mirrors formed a new project called The Styrenes.

The ensuing music, which one clever scribe compared to Syd Barrett fronting Pavement, took the era's avant-garde garage rock sounds every which direction, veering into experimental oddities and pop sweetness, sometimes simultaneously.

"The Outer Limits" and "Just Walking" were basically acid-fried jazz tracks. "Back in Hell" tackles spoken word a la VU's "The Gift," while "As If I Cared" dabbles in incoherent babbling. "Drano In Your Veins" is as timeless as anything on the "Nuggets" comps.

The Styrenes remain active to this day, and they'll be at The Summit Monday alongside another mythic Ohio rocker, Ron House, and his latest band, Sandwich. Legends-in-the-making Necropolis will open.

When: 9 p.m. Monday, April 26

Where: The Summit, Campus