Whores. Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 9

Whores. Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 9
Photo: Benoit Turcotte
Atlanta, GA's WHORES. were the secret champions of Heavy Montreal's first day. Their bitingly acerbic noise rock is an entirely different experience live, where the barely controlled, bubbling threat of their tone becomes a release of ecstatic violence.

Each member responds to the extraordinary catharsis of their set differently: vocalist and guitarist Christian Lembach hunches and contorts his body, as though the passage of every cry and note hurts him; drummer Donnie Adkinson wore a delightful startled grin as he sweated through the set; and bassist Jake Schultz writhed, threw his body around, and wore the beatific expression of a martyred saint.

Their set ended with a thunderous, wrenchingly intense version of "Tell Me Something Scientific," which seemed to throb in the air long after the audience had finally finished screaming.

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