The coolest thing about Extra Life, the experimental Brooklyn-based group led by guitarist/composer Charlie Looker, is the juxtaposition between Looker’s ultra-clear voice and conversational lyrics—“This girl heard how New York works, she knows my name and where I apparently stand, she’s got an eye out for who gets crushed by who”—and the drama of the arrangements, especially in his angry, theatrical guitar. He doesn’t sing the lyrics; he intones them, like an especially gifted and intense cantor. Extra Life’s new record, Made Flesh, comes out in March. You can experience them live, and you should, Feb. 20 at Death By Audio, 9 p.m., $8, all ages. myspace.com/extralifetheband.
Extra Life: Like Church, Only Better
—by Elisabeth McGuirk, February 18, 2010