When: Thu., June 21, 10 p.m. 2012
When it comes to the side project of an established band, the easiest reaction is to highlight the differences between the two. With Idiot Family, which features four-fifths of Chapel Hill's I Was Totally Destroying It, things aren't so simple.
Idiot Family's trajectory has been far from linear: In early 2011, the four-piece first tackled heavy-minded Sonic-Youth-meets-Fugazi rock but soon transitioned into a rhythmic combo of drum machines and keys. They finally decided to indulge in shoegaze, a shared influence that had little place in IWTDI. They bolstered those strung-out riffs with trip-hop beats and the irrepressible hooks that are their main act's bread and butter.
"We've always been so driven to explore different sounds and directions," says singer/ guitarist/ occasional drummer John Booker. "It wasn't a leap to think we could write a handful of songs in a different configuration."
At Tir na nOg, they will perform with the full IWTDI lineup, reclaiming a batch of Idiot Family songs in the process. More a symbiotic offshoot than an island to itself, Idiot Family is far from your average side gig. With Museum Mouth and Homer Sparks. —Jordan Lawrence